Carolina Together: YWCA Central Carolinas Providing Affordable Housing For More Than A Century

CHARLOTTE — If you work in Charlotte, you should be able to live in Charlotte, right?  It is difficult for many people to find affordable housing in the Queen City.

The YWCA Central Carolinas has been providing affordable housing for women for more than a century, and they hope to inspire others to lend a helping hand.

“We started with 12 little rooms in a building on West Trade Street, and we built 40 units of housing that was for women coming into the big city of Charlotte to work outside of the rural areas in the 40’s,” says Kirsten Sikkelee, CEO of YWCA Central Carolinas.

The organization then moved to Park Road on nearly 10 acres of donated land.

“We built this building with 66 units of single room occupancy housing for women to have a safe place to stay,” she says.

The organization later built 10 townhomes on the property in an effort to keep families together.  The YWCA’s mission of empowering women and promoting peace is working.  Since the pandemic, three families and 19 women have moved out, and into permanent housing.  The organization will soon build 104 units of permanent affordable housing for Charlotte families.

“It won’t solve the problem, it won’t meet the lack of affordable housing, but we hope it will inspire others who have the opportunity, who already own land to be able to do something like that,” says Sikkelee.

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