A donated house will make a crosstown journey to become Enderly Park’s new home for permanent affordable housing. The project, which is spearheaded by West Side Community Land Trust (WSCLT), is the result of collaboration between a network of community leaders and multiple organizations including Equitable Communities CLT.
When Hillary and Hogan Fulghum, members of Myers Park United Methodist Church reached out to Mary Kelly, Co-Founder of Equitable Communities CLT about donating the home, West Side Community Land Trust was top of mind. The community-powered organization is a force for neighborhood preservation and anti-displacement strategies in the West Side. Co-Founder, Ricky Hall connected the donor to WSCLT Executive Director, Charis Blackmon who had just the place for it.
Donations from the Knight Foundation, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Myers Park United Methodist Church and others will cover $100,000 of travel and building expenses for the single-family home to be trucked from the Sedgefield neighborhood to the West Side Community Land Trust Property on Tuckaseegee Road.
Once the home is sold to an eligible lower-income resident (60% of AMI or Lower), the Land Trust can use those profits to fund new building efforts. By the numbers, the need for Affordable Housing options is widespread in Mecklenburg County. Data shows that 36,000 residents earning less than $35,000 pay 50% or more of their income towards rent alone.
Caring for our Community and leveraging our connections we can make a difference one house at a time. Email info@WestSideCLT.org for more info about the West Side Community Land Trust. And check out the QCityMetro article: West Side Community Land Trust unveils plans for its first affordable home.