Our strategies for growing an inclusive Mecklenburg County are:
Balance available housing options
- Encourage developers to incorporate Universal Design features and walkability and transportation options for older adults and persons with disabilities.
- Incorporate into zoning considerations a range of housing options such as accessory dwellings, small lots/homes, and live-work units.
- Engage the community in a dialogue about the importance of offering a mix of housing types and the economic benefits the options provide.
- Enhance mixed-income and mixed-use housing opportunities, including the identification of special housing districts to encourage live-work-shop-create environments.
- Develop anti-displacement strategies that encourage housing rehabilitation and enable residents to remain in neighborhoods.
Coordinate the work of organizations addressing the needs of at-risk residents
- Expand the social safety net and continum of services.
- Identify pathways out of poverty for low-income residents and create a database of assets and programs needed in neighborhoods to guide the support of the faith community, non-profits, and other organizations.
- Facilitate the development of Memoranda of Understanding between organizations providing similar services to connect missions and encourage efficiencies.
- Enhance coordination of social work services between Mecklenburg County, non-profits and schools.
- Promote volunteer opportunities to serve at-risk residents.
Expand the availability of affordable recreation and cultural services programs
- Expand scholarships/reduced fees for Mecklenburg County residents’ participation in recreation programs and provide free access to all outdoor arts and park facilities.
- Identify opportunities for public facilities serving as joint use neighborhood centers.
- Explore opportunities for use of public facilities during non-standard times for community gatherings.
- Increase access to and availability of swim facilities and lessons.
What We're Measuring
Renting a home or apartment may be the right option for many households, but homeownership is thought to provide opportunities for wealth creation and long-term financial security.
The Great Recessions took a toll on homeownership nationally, and fast-growing counties like Mecklenburg were typically more affected by the recession. Homeownership in Mecklenburg County fell from a prerecession high of 67.2% in 2008 to 57.15% in 2015.