300 West Crowell Street Monroe, NC 28112 (704) 282-4500

Community Development Division

                                        

Teresa Campo

Teresa V. Campo, M.P.A., CZO, CDA
Community Development Coordinator

The Community Development Division serves the City through neighborhood revitalization, economic vitality, housing opportunities, environmental, sustainable community planning to foster disaster resilient prosperous and inclusive communities.  Contact me for more information and if you are interested in partnering with Community Development in enhancing Monroe as a city that embraces community and plans for the future.

Community Development is responsible for developing policy, implementing tools, and facilitating project development under the Planning and Development Department.   Representing the City in our regional federal grant consortium as well as other committees and work councils.  Community Development continues to reach out to communities and partners to develop and implement strategies for public facility improvements, land development, single family housing rehabilitation development, multi family housing, emergency management planning, and economic development.  As Community Development continues to develop and implement policy through the code of ordinances, strategic planning, research and development of action plans, we seek the input of each citizen.   Continue to check back to our page to find out about opportunities to participate as CDO facilitates and conduct workshops and other planning outreach to develop strategies and recommendations that create economic vitality and sustainability.     or you can contact me at 704.282.4526.

                         Housing Repair Program/Mission Serve Update

The application period is closed, we have preliminarily approved five of the applications.  If these projects are eligible for the type of repairs through the Mission Serve Collaboration we will assess for any winterization and prepare for the Spring Housing Repair.  The three scattered site houses for the children’s homes have been issued permits and the infrastructure and preparation work is beginning so we can be ready for Mission Serve when they arrive.

Union County DSS Utility Assistance Program

The Union County Department of Human Services, Division of Social Services (DSS), will begin accepting applications on Friday, Dec. 1 for citizens interested in receiving assistance with their heating costs during the cold-weather months. Applications will be taken until Dec. 31 at 1212 W. Roosevelt Boulevard in Monroe, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Potential recipients of a one-time benefit from the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) must be 60 years old or older or disabled and receiving services from the Division of Aging and Adult Services. These include home-delivered meals or nutrition site meals from Union County Nutrition for the Elderly, or In-Home Aide services provided through DSS or the Council on Aging.   For more information access here.  

Available Volunteer Opportunities

Mission Serve, Volunteer Housing Rehab June, 2018  http://More Information Here

Contractor and other Volunteers needed for elderly yard and debris cleanup and housing weatherization.

If your group would like to volunteer to help the elderly, disabled and/or those that are unable to afford to repair their homes, please contact us. 

 

Initiatives

  1. Mission Serve Collaboration, Volunteer Housing Rehab Present – June, 2018.
  2. DOWNTOWN FORUM – COMING SOON.
  3. Loan Underwriting Guideline Committee – On Hold
  4. Winchester Area Redevelopment – Request for Proposals – coming soon.
  5. Concord Area Plan Implementation, on-going.
  6. Recapture and Redevelopment of Infill and Economic Development lots – on-going.
  7. Housing Repair Application Period – Closed
  8. Land Use Ordinance Planning and Policy, on-going.
  9. Public Facility, CDBG, Design Public Outreach (Charettes) – coming soon.
  10. Community Development Stakeholder Outreach, on-going
  11. Emergency Operation Planning (Fire/Committee Member)
  12. Introduction and Draft Prevention of Demolition by Neglect Ordinance
  13. Analyze, research, and draft updates to the Minimum Housing Ordinance
  14. Conduct ordinance research for further development.

 A full list of outside agencies that the City currently receives funding  can be found on page 70 of the City’s Budget.

 

  • DOWN PAYMENT  ASSISTANCE   The City partners with the Monroe-Union County Community Development Corporation  in equal housing opportunities* for low income households through funding from  the City for down payment assistance. (*Area and Program Participation Restrictions Apply) 

349 E Franklin St, Monroe, NC 28112, (704) 283-8804

  • INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT – CDBG

The City is a partner with Union County, North Carolina as a sub-recipient of  United States Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grants.  Through this partnership, the City received an award from the County in 2016 for an infrastructure public facility improvement project on Concord Avenue and increased funding was approved for a total of $334,000 to complete the design and right of way purchases.   The CDO requested an additional amount for the fiscal year 2017 and received $57,000 this approximately 2,100 linear feet of sidewalks at the Concord Avenue from Engleside Street to Lomax Street.   The City leveraged the grant with environmental services, a request for qualifications/proposals was issued, and the successful awarded was to LaBella Associates, P.C.  The environmental level of review determined no finding of significant impact and the City’s project is on-schedule, awaiting the authority to use grant funds from HUD.   The Request for Qualifications have been received and the review is underway  managed by the Engineering Department, we will be announcing the award in December.  The public workshops for input on the design will be announced thereafter.  This project will have a positive impact on the neighborhood and create pedestrian facilities that are an important link of the Concord Avenue Plan and promote connectivity and safety in building a resiliency.

For more information on HUD Urban Counties Urban County Information

  • COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OUTREACH INITIATIVES

Winchester Area Redevelopment Request for Proposal will be released in December.

The City  continues to partner with Union County for In-Rem Foreclosures and Community Development will be posting any property for sale here.  Check back for the Request for Proposals  as they develop through this process.

Community Development complied a list of demolition contractors that work in the area.  If your house has been condemned and/or found dilapidated under the Code Enforcement Process, this resource may be useful for you.  The City does not recommend contractors and would like to reiterate to property owners to check references, insurance, and applicable permitting.   Please contact me at 704.282.4526 for information.

Are you a tenant or a landlord and are have questions regarding your rights or obligations access a helpful publication accessed here:  nc bar association landlords-and-tenants.

 

 

 

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