Elizabeth, Myers Park Areas Could Get More Low-Income Housing

From www.wsoctv.com – August 19, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two of Charlotte’s most exclusive ZIP codes could get more low-income housing.

 One option is along Hawthorne Lane, near Presbyterian Hospital. The other is along Queens Road. But the Housing Authority isn’t giving exact addresses, saying it’s premature and that the sellers still have a right to privacy.

 There’s already low-income housing near Myers Park and Elizabeth, but Erin Ocheltree said, “I think it would probably ruin the integrity of the neighborhood. (I) probably wouldn’t want to live around low-income housing, definitely not as a single 24-year-old.”

 Housing Authority spokeswoman Deborah Clark said this is far from a done deal and that the authority is constantly looking at lots of properties. And it’s always looking for neighborhoods that are stable and can absorb low-income housing, she said.

 “We look at the quality of life for the residents,” she said. “Is there transportation? Are there jobs in the area? Schools? Child care?”

 She said there is no timeframe for making a decision.

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  1. There’s already low-income housing near Myers Park and Elizabeth, but Erin Ocheltree said, “I think it would probably ruin the integrity of the neighborhood. (I) probably wouldn’t want to live around low-income housing, definitely not as a single 24-year-old.” END QUOTE

    Erin, I found your comment concerning persons of a lower socio-economic status to be quite shocking! Particuarly coming from a young person such as yourself. I found your thoughts concerning low income persons having the right to live in higher income neighborhoods unbalanced to say the least.

    I could somewhat understand your argument IF it were simply a matter of protecting ones property value by only allowing homes of equal or comparable value to be built within a reasonable and respectable vicinity of higher valued homes. Or perhaps regulating how many less costly homes can be built without comprimising the value of the majority of the homes (Not that I agree or disagree with this approach). However, your comment seems to be one that is concerned with the moral character of persons of lower income and your personal safety. Therefore, I decided to look up the definition of the word integrity to see if it only applies to persons of a particular socio-economic status.

    The following definition was found on mer-websters.

    Integrity : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility

    Based on the definition of the word integrity are you stating that persons of upper income levels adhere to an incorruptible moral code that far exceeds that of persons of a lower socioeconomic level? Do you automatically equate all persons of lower incomes with crime and persons of higher income levels with safety? I don’t blame you if you do. It is an image that is highly portrayed in the media.

    However, I don’t want to believe that this is your frame of thought concerning this issue. Perhaps your more balanced perspective on this issue was some how misconstrued or perhaps some very important details were edited out of the news story. I am optimistic enough to believe that this is what happened… but hey what do I know? My opinions may lack integrity because I am only an African American female of low socio-economic status who would qualify for low income housing and other social benefits if I were to apply.

    I did not write this response in anger. Nor do I have any intentions to hurt or belittle you. I am sure you will have second thoughts concerning your comments or perhaps your opinion will not change. Either way, you are entitled to your opinion. I only hope that you will rethink the issue and in the upcoming months when this issue is debated at local meetings try to present a more balanced reason why you oppose or favor affordable housing in more affluent communities.

    Peace

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