Charlotte churches are using their resources to help provide affordable housing.
In the past, Caldwell Presbyterian Church sheltered dozens of homeless women. The church now wants to convert one of its unused buildings into apartments.
“It’s about our transformation as much as it is about providing housing,” said Reverend John Cleghorn of Caldwell Presbyterian Church.
Cleghorn has the building to construct up to 21 apartments, but he says the church still needs the funding.
We’re still raising the last of the $6 million we need,” Cleghorn said.
So far, the developer, DreamKey Partners, and Caldwell Presbyterian have collected $4.5 million, of that as follows:
- $800,000 from Caldwell’s Share the Promise of Home capital campaign
- $1 million from Myers Park United Methodist Church
- $630,000 from a city of Charlotte Housing Trust Fund grant
- $800,000 grant from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency ($200,000 of which is expected but not yet committed)
- $900,000 grant from Mecklenburg County
“What better way to build community by transforming our properties and be part of the solution to our city’s affordable housing crisis,” Cleghorn said.