Program finds new approach to help people find places to live in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE — There’s a new, creative approach to help solve Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis, which is expanding.

Patricia Saleem said that she didn’t think she would have an apartment.

[WSOC SPECIAL SECTION: Affordable Housing Crisis]

After 30 years of experiencing domestic violence, Saleem escaped but couldn’t afford to be on her own.

“I thought it couldn’t get (any) worse,” Saleem said. “That’s how I was feeling.”

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A program helped Saleem have a safe, new start.

In the video at the top of this webpage, Channel 9′s Allison Latos learns how officials from the city and Mecklenburg County, and a developer are turning property taxes into a promising opportunity for families.

(Watch the video below: New NEST Commission aims to help solve Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis)