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N.C. city tries to revive HUD projects

Demand is high in Charlotte for affordable units

By Debbie Cenziper
Washington Post / December 18, 2011
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Homeless shelters in Charlotte, the South’s second-largest city, are packed and housing officials say thousands of affordable rental units are needed just to meet current demand. To help build homes for the poor, the city turned to the federal government, drawing $3.5 million for four projects that promised 202 units. Years later, all the money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOME fund has been spent, but 83 houses have not been delivered. One project failed to produce a single home.

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