Seversville was originally built in the 1920’s as a mill village.Like many inner-city areas, the community had seen the once beautiful and active neighborhood changed by deteriorating housing conditions and high crime.
It was in the early 1990s that the neighborhood association began working with a group of churches known as the Seversville Partners to revitalize the community. Their goal was to improve conditions and to restore Seversville to a community of good housing and safe streets that older residents enjoyed.
Today, through the efforts of The Housing Partnership, the City of Charlotte and the Seversville Community Organization, those dreams are a reality. Efforts included repaving roads, installing new water and drainage systems and repairing crumbling retaining walls.
Almost no new construction was seen in Seversville for thirty years until The Housing Partnership built the Seversville Apartments on Sumter Avenue in 1992. This 47-unit tax credit project provided the initiative the community needed. The apartments contain a playground, a laundry facility and a community room.
As part of its agreement with the neighborhood The Housing Partnership made a commitment to the Seversville residents to help improve housing in their community. In addition to some new construction, several houses have been expanded to offer three bedrooms and two baths. To date, more than 50 new families have moved into newly renovated or constructed homes and made Seversville home. This has all occurred as a part of the neighborhood revitalization plan for this historic Charlotte community.
In 1996 the New York Times Magazine cover story entitled “The Year That Housing Died” by Jason DeParle (10/26/96) featured a picture of a Seversville house on the cover and referenced The Housing Partnership throughout the article.
The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency recognized The Housing Partnership, the City of Charlotte and the Seversville Community Organization by presenting the 1999 Housing North Carolina Award for all the effort that went into turning this neighborhood around.