Winston-Salem Takes One Step Closer To Unveiling New Affordable Housing Options

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (WGHP) – What has been a struggle for years may soon become a reality for Winston-Salem families who live in low-income housing neighborhoods in the northeast part of the city .

In 2020, the Winston-Salem Housing Authority received a grant under the Choose Your Neighborhood funding project.

The featured project was to revitalize and redevelop the Cleveland Homes community, while also expanding on previously existing unused land in a similar part of town.

The $150 million construction project (east) received $30 million in grants.

Earlier this week, Winston-Salem city leaders approved the immediate use of a multi-million dollar allocation already authorized for the project.

The project is on track to begin development in May, with the first of five phases to be completed by fall 2023.

“Take concentrated poverty…and redevelop it into housing,” said Kevin Cheshire of the Winston-Salem Housing Authority.

The first phase revolves around the development of an abandoned lot at the corner of 12and Street and Highland Avenue where Brown’s old elementary school was located.

In its place will be a multi-level apartment complex with enough buildings to accommodate around 80 families.

According to Cheshire, 37 units will be for families earning 30% of market income in the area, 14 for 60% AMI and the remaining 30 will be at an “unrestricted” level. Instead, prices will be set at market value for that specific area.

“It’s just to emphasize that there are no income restrictions. That’s how we get to income integration…residents who move out won’t see a change in their rent,” he pointed out.

The hope is that construction will begin in May 2022 and be completed in the fall of 2023.

As the project nears completion, construction on phase two will begin at Cleveland Homes.

Social workers began working with families at Cleveland Homes to help them find alternate homes during construction.

Unit locations will be based on what the tenant would feel most comfortable living in and what fits their budget.

They will also receive a voucher which guarantees that they will continue to pay the rental rate they are currently paying.

Leaders of the Winston-Salem Housing Authority point out that “we don’t want to be part of a gentrification process. We want to be part of an investment where the community retains its historic integrity. He retains his culture. We simply offer opportunities around housing.

Along with housing options as construction begins, social workers are also working with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools to ensure children’s education will not be disrupted by the moves.

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