2022 2nd Quarter Apartment Times Magazine

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S ECO ND Q UA RTER | 2022

STAY TUNED FOR MORNING PERKS PODCAST

with Host Leah Vinansky

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STAR GUEST:

We're honored to have former pro golfer, Jeff Crittenden, participate in this year's Charity Golf Tournament. Players will have the opportunity to interact with him and even pay him to hit their drive. Proceeds will benefit Crisis Assistance Ministry!

If you'd like to donate raffle prizes, please email Taylor Foley, GCAA Events Manager, at taylor@greatercaa.org.

EXECUTIVE SPONSOR:


6060 Piedmont Row Drive South, Suite 575, Charlotte, NC 28287 704/334-9511 • 704/333-4221 (fax) • www.greatercaa.org The Apartment Times is published by the GCAA ©2022. The GCAA grants permission to reprint articles from Apartment Times, provided that credit is given to both the author and the publication, with the exception of information reprinted from other media, in which case permission must be obtained from the original source.

MISSION STATEMENT: The GCAA promotes the interests of its members through legislative advocacy, education and networking; and supports housing quality, value and choice throughout the Greater Charlotte community. GCAA 2022 SPONSORS These member firms, recognizing the importance of the GCAA’s purposes and objectives, have provided additional, sustaining support to the Association. Please give them careful consideration, whenever possible, in your business dealings.

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RESERVATION/CANCELLATION POLICIES FOR GCAA EVENTS: Dinner Meetings/Seminars: Reservations/cancellations must be made (either online, via email, or by phone) by the deadline published for each event on the GCAA’s website calendar (www.greatercaa.org). NAA Education Classes: Registration and/or cancellation in writing only at least 14 days prior to initial scheduled class. For all GCAA events: No-shows and late cancellations will be responsible for payment.

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2022 Board of Directors President: Russell Tindall, Southwood Realty Vice President: John DeMario, RKW Residential Treasurer: Gabrielle Bouknight, HHHunt Secretary: Leah Vinansky, Powerhouse Immediate Past President: Deidre Wilson, Blue Ridge Companies Brian Brand, Guardian Construction Lisa Foley, Morgan Properties Kate Jarrell, BG Multifamily Patrick Johnson, Hatch, Little, & Bunn, LLP Betsy Kirkpatrick, BG Multifamily Michelle O'Brien, RKW Residential Shane Raby, TriBridge Residential Jay Rawls, Northwood Ravin Eddie Robertson, Redi Carpet Jamie Sexton, RestorePro Reconstruction Wendy Sikorski, GCI Residential Michael Susen, Greystar John Scott Trotter, SilverCap Partners Michael Tubridy, Crescent Communities Brianna Wood, Ginkgo Residential Maryam Zeledon, SL Nusbaum Realty Co.

GCAA Staff Kim Graham, MPA Executive Director kim@greatercaa.org Lonnie Harris Director of Finance & Administration lonnie@greatercaa.org Michelle Manns Director of Government Affairs michelle@greatercaa.org Shelby Hughes Education & Training Manager shelby@greatercaa.org Monika McLean Marketing & Communications Manager monika@greatercaa.org Taylor Foley Events Manager taylor@greatercaa.org

To advertise in Apartment Times please contact us at 704.334.9511 x103 or PR@greatercaa.org


from your president

features 3 Par Wars Charity Golf Classic 7 PSC President Message 8 Welcome New Members 9 Leadership Lyceum Class of 2022 11 Leasing & Manager Appreciation Night 12 Upcoming Education & Events 16 Instructor Spotlight 17 NAAEI Courses 18 Government Affairs Highlight 20 Fair Housing Through the Lens of Income 22 Hiring Extravaganza 24 Q1 Events Recap

One Quarter Down! Dear GCAA members, It has been an incredible start to the organizations 45th year. The energy, excitement, and participation at the events and in our classrooms is as high as ever. The Annual Forecast Breakfast at Le Meridien in Uptown was at max capacity. The big takeaway from the esteemed Mark Vitner was that our industry was still in a position to succeed, despite the turmoil and uncertainty surrounding the market and overall economy. “Totally” Toni Blake stole the show at the February Dinner Meeting. She delivered an inspiring message about supporting our vital front line team members, capturing positive energy, and persevering through personal challenges. Finally, our in-person education classes are back at full speed, and I would like to thank all our instructors who are volunteering their time to make these classes impactful. One of our biggest events of the year happened in the first quarter! The “Vacation Across America” Trade Show was a big success. We had an incredibly strong list of supplier members this year and it created an opportunity for those in our business to interact and create new relationships with our industry partners. Tickets are selling fast for the “Par Wars” Charity Golf Classic in May. Even if you are just looking for a good time, the event promises to provide a day of fun and the chance to see all your industry colleagues. I would also like to recognize the new Leadership Lyceum class. The GCAA continues to thrive in year 45 because of a long history of incredible leadership, sound decision making, and consistent commitments from hundreds of volunteers who give their time to make a difference with the GCAA and the industry. Our Leadership Lyceum class is one of the best programs of its kind in the nation. It will be exciting to see this next group take the journey through the class, and become the next generation of GCAA leadership. We all wish you luck and thank you for your willingness to serve. Sincerely, Russell Tindall

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from your products and services council president

Off to a Great Start! Dear Associate/Supplier Members, After two long and challenging years, I am happy to report that we are back on track and off to a successful year of IN PERSON meetings and events. Not only is this going to be remembered as the year we came back after learning how resilient we are, but it will also be remembered as our 45th anniversary year. So now more than ever, it is important to get involved by showing up and showing out! That said, thank you to everyone who came to the Forecast Breakfast, the February Dinner Meeting, and the Vacation Across America Trade Show. We had such a great crowd at these events and can’t wait for even more excitement and activities this year. If you missed the Trade Show, there were 128 exhibitors showcasing unique products and services that help our owner/operator members make better buying decisions. Remember, doing business with active supplier members allows our association to thrive. So, feel free to go on the GCAA Website and check out some great companies to partner with. The next upcoming event is the Par Wars: May the Course Be with You Golf Tournament. So, be sure to sign your teams up, because you don't want to miss the opportunity to network and have some fun with your industry peers! I would also like to take the opportunity to thank all committee members who volunteer their time to help make the magic happen. The GCAA events, classes, and meetings are always evolving, and our association is growing. We pride ourselves on listening to our members opinions and ideas and are always looking to get feedback from a diverse group. The only way we can hear you and consistently get better is by having you show up.

It is so important for both our owner/operator members and supplier members to give back to the industry that pays our bills and feeds our families. Plus, it is also super fun to just get to know your industry peers and see everyone show out at the Trade Show, Golf Tournament, BRAVO Awards, and more! In closing, I welcome any supplier or owner/operator member to contact me about how to get more involved with the Association, or just to give ideas and feedback. It is truly an honor to serve as your PSC President during the GCAA’s 45th anniversary year and I am looking forward to seeing you soon! Sincerely, Leah Vinansky

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welcome new members

These 63 companies joined the GCAA in the first quarter of 2022! Please help us welcome them! Have member news to share? Email monika@greatercaa.org! APARTMENT COMMUNITIES The Addison Eighty50 Allison Heights Apartments Allister Uptown Arden Huntersville Argento at Kellswater Bridge Brightside Apartments Cedar Ridge Townhomes Centro Square Cypress Road Lake Wylie East Village Emery Village Exchange at Rock Hill Greenhaven Townhomes The Joinery Madison Farms Madison Place Metro University City North Tryon Homes Oak Hollow Apartments The Parian Mooresville Redwood Charlotte Ridge Road Redwood Monroe Riverbend Apartments Riverwalk Apartment Homes II Scarlet Pointe Spinnaker Village Station West Downs II Zillow Group

OWNER/MANAGEMENT COMPANY Buena Vida Apartments Concordia Properties Fidelio Management ML Property Group

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OWNER (NO UNITS) AvalonBay Communities Beitel Group Supportive Housing Communities

SMALL OWNER/MANAGEMENT COMPANY Herron Realty and Associates

SUPPLIERS Advantage Alliance Alma HVAC Inc AZP - Multifamily Beaming Clean Power Wash Solutions Book EasyClean ButterflyMX Carolina Tree Care Design Resource Group, PA DC&M Company, Inc Men In Kilts Mitec Pay Ready Pearl Pool Plastering, LLC Piedmont Facility Services Rent Dynamics Royal Coating LLC Schönox HPS North America Servpro SL Recovery LLC SmartRent Southern Shade Tree Swift Bunny, LLC TheGuarantors Tim Johnson Landscaping, Inc. Triangle Protective Services


ducing the 2022 Intro

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13 Candidates. 4 Exciting Sessions.

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Camille Queen

Misty Haskins

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Those chosen for Leadership Lyceum participate in a wide array of leadership development experiences over the course of one year. Candidates are chosen, either by appointment or through a competitive application process. They must be active GCAA members with a track-record for jumping in and getting involved. Program sessions cover Association Basics, Team-Building, Advocacy Initiatives and Community Service. Prior graduates have gone on to advance in their multifamily careers as well as serve on the GCAA and GCAA Education Foundation Board of Directors. This year they will complete diversity leadership training, hear from veteran multifamily leaders, renovate an affordable housing development and advocate for the apartment times industry in the halls of the NC State Capitol.

GRADUATES FROM PREVIOUS CLASSES INCLUDE: 2009 Engle Addington, Jarrod Clay, Charlotte Eaker, Chad Hagler, Pete Harrison, Chris Hazlett, Courtney Lundquist, Joya Pavesi, Melody Reddick, Michelle Sanger, Jennings Snider

2015 Jonathan Cheville, Chiccorra Connor, Bendetta Hoyle, Betsy Kirkpatrick, Ben Lloyd, Mary Mathews, Bob Moore, Courtney Moreno, Ellie Norton, Kandi Rice, Jerri Risch, Dana Stamper, Celia Thompson, Brianna Wood, Maryam Zeledon

2011 Nicole Peeler, Amanda Kitts, Dave Flanagan, Kristine Kee, Alisha LaPorte, Lauren Lee, Christi Manos, Phyllis McClendon, Cheryl Murphy, Patrick Ryan, Gayle Sebastian, Jonathan Tee, Jay Tillman, Danielle West, Deidre Wilson

2017 Gabrielle Bouknight, Deirdre Coleman, Bruce Congdon, Donovan “Dee” Dacosta, Claude Dawson, Johannah Fijalka, Michael Kucera, Deanna Winchester Lee, Rebecca Mignery, Chris Moffett, Nahleena Moore, Christy Rightley, Wendy Sikorski, Michelle Smith, Jessica Sutherland, John Scott Trotter

2013 Jimmy Boone, Susan Bowman, McKenzie Brady, Brian Brand, Cameron Clark, John DeMario, Natalie Edeburn, Charity Ellis, Shaunte Evans, Megan Horton, Kathryn Kaye, Heather MacDonald, Betty McGeorge, Jamie MIles, Josie Nasife, Vineta Pritchard, Lynn Ramsey, Brandi Robertson, Mark Smith, Lisa Higgins, Asia Whitaker

2019 Jami Anderson, Missy Clements, Scott Cramton, Susanne Herring, Jennifer Ipock, Kate Irving Jarrell, Tarcha Leak, Lindsay Carpenter Mobley, Shane Raby, Greg Seagle, Jamie Sexton, Mike Spah, Leah Vinansky


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Leasing & Manager Appreciation Night & Next Gen Pre-Mixer MAY 19 | 5:30-8:30PM COME & CELEBRATE WITH YOUR TEAM! Join us for the GCAA's Annual Leasing & Manager Appreciation Night & Next Gen Pre-Mixer at Queen Park Social, 4125 Yancey Rd Charlotte, NC 28217. The fun begins at 4:30pm during the Next Gen Pre-Mixer! All those in attendance at the pre-mixer will receive a complimentary drink ticket from the Next Gen Committee!

On the Menu:

• Cheeseburger Sliders • Garlic Butter Pretzels • Chips & Salsa • Wings

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Members: $59 Non-Members: $79

Special Appreciation gifts for all of our Leasing & Manager Team Heroes will be given! EXECUTIVE SPONSORS:

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upcoming education & events

education & events Reservation/Cancellation Policies For GCAA Education & Events: Dinner Meetings/Seminars: Reservations/cancellations must be made (either online or via email) by the deadline published on the GCAA’s website calendar (www.greatercaa.org). NAAEI Education Classes: Registration and/or cancellation at least 14 days prior to initial scheduled class. For all GCAA events: No-shows and late cancellations will be invoiced.

Superstar Assistant Manager Training May 11 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Cost: $99 GCAA Members Non-Members: $139 Location: GCAA 6060 Piedmont Row Drive South #575 Charlotte, NC 28287 CECs: 3 Instructor: Mindy McCorkle

Topic: Attend this session to learn how to quantify the value that the Assistant Manager role adds to the property. You’ll also learn how to ramp up your success in that role, whether you’re currently in that role or aspire to be!

Pool School Certification NC One-Day Course: May 12 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Cost: $179 GCAA Members Non-Members: $219 Location: GCAA 6060 Piedmont Row Drive South #575 Charlotte, NC 28287 CECs: 6 Instructor: Mike Fox

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About the One Day Course: This course meets the requirements of North Carolina's Public Swimming Pool Statutes. Content will include: Review of the NC Swimming Pool Rules, Disease & Accident Prevention, Pool & Spa Equipment, Pool Calculations, Water Chemistry, Water Testing & Chemical Adjustments.


Virtual Business Exchange May 24 9:00 am - 11:00 am Cost: $35 per Meeting Participants: Russell Tindall, Southwood Realty; Chris Moffett, Range Water Real Estate; Shane Raby, TriBridge Residential; Jay Rawls, Northwood Ravin; Mike Fox, Northwood Ravin May 25 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Participants: Lisa Foley, Morgan Properties; Chris Moffett, Range Water Real Estate; Shane Raby, TriBridge Residential; John DeMario, RKW Residential; Deidre Wilson, Blue Ridge Companies; Chris Carter, Carter-Haston

The Virtual Business Exchange allows Suppliers the opportunity to have personal, dedicated time with industry leaders who make decisions regarding contracts and purchasing for their companies. Think of this opportunity like “Speed Dating” for Property Management Companies and the Supplier Partners that service them. Register online by selecting the meetings with the specific property management company representatives you would like to meet. You will receive your Zoom log-in details following your registration confirmation. Meetings are 10 minutes long, and you can utilize that time however you like. We encourage all Suppliers to prepare in advance.

Hands-on Appliance Troubleshooting & Repair May 31 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Cost: $139 GCAA Members Non-Members: $179 Location: Chadwell Supply 9041 Air Park West Drive Charlotte, NC 28214 CECs: 6

This seminar provides students with the skills and experience to service major appliances. The course includes both classroom and hands-on instruction. Students learn tips and ideas to work more efficiently, learn troubleshooting techniques from assembly to electrical schematics, and discuss understanding error codes. Appliances include: washer & dryer, refrigerator, stove and dishwasher.

Hands-on HVAC Troubleshooting June 1 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Cost: $139 GCAA Members Non-Members: $179 Location: Chadwell Supply 9041 Air Park West Drive Charlotte, NC 28214 CECs: 6

In this seminar you will get everything you need to know A-Z about HVAC systems. You’ll get hands on trouble shooting experience and learn about terminology, tools, charging procedures, thermostats, evaporator coils, compressors, head pressure, fan, electrical systems, charging procedures, compressor theory and operation refrigerant flow & cycle.

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upcoming education & events

National Pool School Certification National Two-Day Course: June 8 and 9 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Cost: $318 GCAA Members Non-Members: $418 Location: GCAA 3800 Arco Corp Dr Ste 175, Charlotte, NC 28273 CECs: 6 Instructor: Chris Moffett

About the One Day Course: This course meets the requirements of National Certification for Public Swimming Pool Statutes in all states including SC. Content will include: Review of the NC Swimming Pool Rules, Disease & Accident Prevention, Pool & Spa Equipment, Pool Calculations, Water Chemistry, Water Testing & Chemical Adjustments, Review, Q&A

Understanding Your Property Financials June 14 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Cost: $99 GCAA Members Non-Members: $139 Location: GCAA 3800 Arco Corp Dr Ste 175, Charlotte, NC 28273 CECs: 3 Instructor: Mindy McCorkle

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Topic: Learn how and why the financial status of the property is important to and controllable by every site associate, regardless of role or title.



instructor spotlight

Shane Raby

Regional Property Manager, TriBridge Residential

Why did you become an instructor?

I became an instructor to share my passion for the How long have you been an instructor?

I have been serving as a volunteer instructor for the

GCAA for two years. However, I have served as an

instructor/trainer in various capacities throughout my career in both retail and multifamily over the last 20+ years.

multifamily industry and the importance of industry

education. Today’s instructors are teaching tomorrow’s

industry leaders and that’s creating a legacy. Some of the instructors that I have had the pleasure of learning from

inspired me and have become mentors. I can only hope to have the same lasting meaningful impact on others.

What do you gain from the training experience?

I’m rewarded in knowing that I’ve helped someone else learn something new. I love seeing a student have that “aha” moment and knowing that they “got it.” Being

an instructor also benefits me by keeping me abreast of

changes in the industry when new materials are released, and by refreshing my memory on topics that may not be part of our every day but are important to know. People learn from repetition, so each time I teach, I too am learning.

What does the teaching process look like for you?

As an instructor, I review the materials prior to each

class and make notes of the key points that need to be covered. I try to relate and engage the room and not

simply read from slides. I feel that people are more likely to remember and learn from experiences and stories

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upcoming naaei courses

September 14 September 21 September 29 October 5 October 12

October 11 October 18 October 24 October 25 October 31

Pricing: Members: $965 Non-Members: $1229

Pricing: GCAA Members: $999 Non-Members: $1229

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The Charlotte Unified Development Ordinance (UDO): The New Lay of the Land by Michelle Manns, GCAA, Director of Government Affairs

For the past year, the Charlotte Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and Charlotte Future 2040 Policy Map (Policy Map) have been at the forefront of government affairs and the development world. These two critical land development documents emanate from the mothership known as the 2040 Charlotte Future Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) passed by Charlotte City Council in 2021. Think of the 2040 Comp Plan as a blueprint intended to guide growth and investment for the next 30 years. Oh, and by the way, there are additional companion components connected to the Comp Plan and the UDO: The Strategic Mobility Plan and Streets Manual, which will replace the current Transportation Plan. A new Policy Map was adopted on March 28, 2022 and will go into effect on July 1, 2022. It replaces the current land use plan that has not been updated since the 1990’s and removes the numerous zoning categories currently in place and assigns a specific place type to each property. It calls for more density and tries to make Charlotte a more walkable city, less dependent on cars. The City is effectively rezoning the entire jurisdiction parcel by parcel. But the new rezoning process is supposed to be faster which would be a good thing because time is money. However, with this elimination of rezoning costs comes a tradeoff… more requirements such as the inclusion of bike paths, wider sidewalks, green space, and more trees. Planning staff is currently working on a formal process that will dictate how amendments to the Policy Map will be made after July 1st.

Next, there’s the Strategic Mobility Plan and the Streets Manual. Some components of these involve technical details and standards that will replace the City’s current Traffic Impact Study (TIS) guidelines and push for more multi-modal transit options and incentives to lower the use of single occupancy vehicles. These proposed regulations, in some cases, will make the development community responsible for multimodal infrastructure and some offsite pedestrian improvements. Now back to ‘The UDO’…how will it become the ‘lay of the land”? The UDO is a regulatory document that is intended to simplify, consolidate, and update the regulations that guide Charlotte’s development into a single document. The decision/process for a new comprehensive plan and UDO was actually initiated many years ago when the City of Charlotte realized it was time to update its land use and zoning plan. The first draft of the UDO was released on October 7, 2021. It essentially eliminates the rezoning process that has been in place for thirty years and consolidates several development elements into one document: zoning, subdivision, trees, streets and sidewalks, floodplain, soil erosion and sedimentation control, post construction stormwater, and driveway and access standards. The first draft consisted of 600+ pages and yielded over 1250 comments from the public. City staff are currently in the process of combing through and responding to the feedback received. A second draft is expected to be released sometime in late May with adoption scheduled for July 2022.


Why is this so important to the apartment industry? First, it involves a MAJOR change to the land use plan and the way the development industry is used to doing business. Former zoning districts are now “place types” and zoning, as we know it, will be no more. Secondly, it's complicated, to say the least, although the intent was to simplify. The public, and even City Council, has been challenged in understanding how all the pieces fit together. Development and design professionals will have a monumental task in pulling all this together. Thirdly, there are concerns that a number of the proposed regulations feel ‘antidevelopment’ in nature and will likely increase development costs. Fourth and finally, what will be the impact to housing affordability? That’s the million-dollar question and we’ll have to wait for the answer. GCAA has been collaborating with the real estate community to ensure that the prominent issues of our industry are not overlooked. It has been a journey as we have delved intricately into various design standards including parking regulations, signage, tree preservation and open space protection; just to name a few. Also, we’ve raised issues around process, for example, how developers, designers and engineers will navigate the transition period after the regs are adopted. The first draft called for a three-month lag period after the UDO is adopted to enable staff to become acclimated to the new processes and to allow developers to adjust and make changes. We’ve argued that three months is not enough but, most importantly, the three-month transition period does not coincide with state law that provides for ‘permit choice.’ In comparison, the City of Raleigh provided a six-month grace period after adoption of its UDO. What's worse, the first draft included criminal penalties and jail time for violations, but we’ve been told it’s likely that these provisions will change from criminal to civil penalties in the second draft.

So, will these proposed regulations work? Will they significantly impact the ability to develop certain properties affordably? The City has been testing real development projects as part of economic, site and feasibility analyses. City staff has been assessing how these projects fair under the proposed draft and have stated that it would make needed adjustments based on the findings of the analyses. The analyses should be helpful in shaping the next draft of the UDO. We anxiously await the results. I recently attended a panel session, “The Raleigh UDO: Lessons Learned.” My biggest takeaway was that even after their UDO was adopted in 2016 they continued to perfect the plan with tweaks and revisions and even some reversions back to former policies, provisions, and standards. The reality is that adoption of the Charlotte UDO will not be the end of this process but will be a continuous journey of tweaking that will consist of text amendments and variances. Upcoming Key UDO Schedule Dates include: May 2022 – Release of Second UDO Draft June 2022 – City Council Public Hearing Planning Committee Recommendation July 2022 - UDO Adoption The UDO is a big deal for the apartment industry and the Charlotte community so we’ve got to get this right or there could be serious unintended consequences. We continue to work hard with the City and our partners to help ensure that this is good for us and good for our community. For more information about the UDO visit https://charlotteudo.org/ or contact Michelle Manns, GCAA’s Director of Government Affairs at michelle@greatercaa.org.


feature story

Fair Housing Through the Lens of Income By Kim Graham, GCAA Executive Director

In honor of fair housing month, GCAA’s Executive Director shares some

insights from her time co-chairing the City of Charlotte’s Source of Income Ad Hoc Committee.

Source of income has been a contentious topic for lawmakers across the United States. For decades, federal fair

housing laws have been challenged as to their fairness towards households of lower means. While the Fair Housing

Act, also known as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 aknd its amendments, prohibits housing discrimination based on race, skin color, sex, nationality, religion, familial status, and disability; it does not provide protections for source of income (SOI).

There are numerous states and municipalities that have decided this should be the case. According to an interactive mapping tool created by the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), 18 states have some form of

protections, under fair housing ordinances, for source of income at the statewide or local levels. Conversely, 32 states have either preempted the creation of such laws or have none in place currently.

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In 2019, Charlotte’s City Council began exploring the possible need to amend local fair housing laws to include

source of income as a protected class in light of ongoing issues with housing choice voucher (HCV) households being unable to secure rental housing. Local public housing authority, Inlivian, found that between 2017 and 2019 there

were 204 families who failed to utilize their HCV within the initial 90-day housing search period. This led grassroots

local housing advocates to create an online petition to add source of income to Charlotte’s fair housing ordinance as a protected class.

In April 2021, Charlotte’s City Council appointed a seven-member ad hoc committee to work with city staff and

Inlivian to recommend solutions that would ultimately lead to an increase in rental subsidy/HCV utilization. The SOI Ad Hoc Committee was particularly interested in ensuring that HCV households had access to amenities/services, exceptional schools, and living-wage employment readily available in high-opportunity areas.

At the end of the nine-month exploration period, the Committee brought forth the following recommendations

to the City’s Great Neighborhoods Committee, formerly the Housing & Neighborhood Development (HAND) Committee, for consideration: 1.

The City and County should include source of income protections for any for-rent residential housing

developments receiving public financial support of any kind.

2. The City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, private and philanthropic sectors should provide new or expanded

funding to increase capacity of existing local organization(s) to create greater rental housing provider participation in the HCV and other rental subsidy programs in areas of moderate- to high-opportunity.

3. The City of Charlotte or Mecklenburg County should offer property tax reimbursements for new rental housing developments in high-opportunity areas that set aside at least 5% of their units for 30% AMI and below households with a voucher or rental subsidy.

These recommendations have been turned over to city staff to work through implementation strategies, accountability framework and potential unintended consequences.

It is important to note that Charlotte City Council did give strong consideration to adding source of income to the local fair housing ordinance; however, as North Carolina is a Dillon rule state – meaning a municipal corporation

can exercise only the powers explicitly granted to them by the state legislature – this course of action was not legally possible.

For more information about this issue or to keep abreast of the Great Neighborhood Committee or Charlotte City Council's progress on recommendation adoption, visit https://charlottenc.gov/Mayor/Pages/Source-of-Income-Ad-Hoc-Advisory.aspx

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hiring extravaganza

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS & LEASING PROFESSIONALS

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GCAA MULTIFAMILY HIRING EXTRAVAGANZA June 9, 2022 4:00pm-8:00pm Junior Achievment of Central Carolina's 1701 N Graham St. 100 Charlotte, NC 28206 • 27 Booths of Management & Staffing Companies • 2-4 Employees per Booth

• Limited Amount of Supplier Booths • Sponsorships Available

$400 BOOTH REGISTRATION FEE ($300 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL BY MAY 6). VISITS GREATERCAA.ORG FOR MORE DETAILS

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first quarter recap

Charity Bowling Tournament

February Dinner Meeting

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First Quarter New Member Orientation

2022 Trade Show - Vacation Across America

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