The Housing Partnership Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Organization Has Led Transformative Change in Charlotte by Dramatically Expanding Housing Options for Low- and Moderate-Income Families


CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 16, 2014 – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership (The Housing Partnership) has reached a major milestone in its history – a quarter century of leadership in revitalizing and strengthening Charlotte’s communities.

The nonprofit was organized in 1988 to expand housing options for low- and moderate-income families in Mecklenburg County and to create partnerships that empower individuals to achieve economic independence.

“This anniversary is an opportunity to both reflect on and celebrate The Housing Partnership and the positive change it has helped bring about in our region,” said Julie Porter, President of The Housing Partnership. “The impact of this organization goes beyond the buildings and properties built; it extends to the people, the lives changed and communities strengthened. We are proud of our accomplishments over the first 25 years, but the need for housing is still very present and more work must be done.”

The Housing Partnership is a broad-based, private, nonprofit housing development and financial corporation organized to expand affordable and well-maintained housing and promote stable neighborhoods for low- and moderate-income families in the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The agency provides assistance to residents of its properties to more fully enter the economic mainstream.

In 1986, Mayor Harvey Gantt appointed a group of individuals to an affordable housing task force, which presented its recommendation for a county-wide housing organization model. Two years later, The Housing Partnership was incorporated.

Since inception, The Housing Partnership has led the revitalization of Charlotte’s inner-city neighborhoods such as Greenville, Genesis Park, Druid Hills, Seversville, Park at Oaklawn (formerly Fairview Homes) and Double Oaks. The organization has provided financial self-sufficiency education for nearly 20,000 families and assisted more than 2,500 individuals in becoming homeowners. More than 2,300 affordable housing units have been financed and developed over the course of the organization’s history.

“In my research, I found that offering a full range of places for people to live has a positive affect on values across the board,” said Tom Henson, of Arysley Development Corporation, regarding the impact of The Housing Partnership’s efforts.

The Housing Partnership is hosting a 25th Anniversary luncheon, presented by Bank of America, at the Westin Tuesday, October 21, at 11:30 a.m. The invite-only event includes special keynotes from Edward Jennings, Regional Administrator for the Department of Housing & Urban Development, and best-selling author Dr. Dennis Kimbro.

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