January Membership 2021: Affordable Housing Panel
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Charlotte has been recognized as a desirable place to live for so many reasons. As a result of this desire, the state of growth that Charlotte has experienced unfortunately, resulted with a deficit in the supply of affordable housing. The exceptionally rapid rate of growth continues to exacerbate the affordable housing shortage. So what are we doing about this?
The discussion will explore affordable housing and the communities that support them. We will discuss the challenges around architectural design and navigating the requirements in place as it relates to funding for these developments. We will consider the impact of the pandemic on the housing crisis. Finally we will investigate how we as architects can contribute, advocate and influence the architectural fabric of Charlotte to work toward a solution for the Affordable Housing Crisis.
Please join us as we hear from these dynamic panelists:
Alyson Craig | Deputy Planning Director for the City of Charlotte's Planning, Design, and Development Department
Provides oversight to two of the Department's divisions, Land Development and Entitlement Services (Rezoning/UDO), our HR and budget operations, and serves as backup to the Planning Director.
Lee Cochran | Co-Lead Development Activities | Laurel Street
Development oversight starts at project conception and runs through project completion and stabilization. His prior experiences, both with mixed-income developments and public/private partnerships, are leveraged throughout the organization. He has more than 20 years of experience in affordable and market-rate housing development, including elderly and family housing. Lee is well-versed in utilizing a variety of funding structures and sources for projects
Pam Wideman | Director of the City's Housing & Neighborhood Services Department
Responsible for oversight of the City's Affordable Housing Programs, that include the City's Housing Trust Fund activities, the City's Code Enforcement, Community Engagement and 311 Call Center. She also is engaged with the City's Emergency Repair and Rehabilitation Programs, and the Ten-Year Plan to End and Prevent Homelessness.
Moderator: Catherine Monroe, AIA Past President