Nonprofit breaks new ground for project to help battle affordable housing crisis

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The West Side Community Land Trust, which is a nonprofit made up of Charlotte residents, broke ground recently on its first project to create permanent, affordable housing in the west Charlotte community.

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“We purchase land and or existing housing,” executive director Charis Blackmon said. “We either renovate or build a new house. We then can sell that house to a low-income home buyer.”

In the video at the top of this webpage, reporter Elsa Gillis learns more about how the program works and how it all began.

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