Charleston Moving Forward with Affordable Housing

November 9, 2017, 9:21 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — A $20-million plan to fund affordable housing in downtown Charleston for working families is moving forward following Tuesday’s election.

The city will join a nonprofit group to help build more than 300 apartment units along Lee and Nassau Streets on Charleston’s east side.

A nearby student housing building will also include discounted units for those who qualify.

“People can’t afford to live close to where they work. And this is a long-term solution to where we need to go,” said Mayor Tecklenburg.

“Affordable housing is really what they need down here,” said Zenaida Allen, who works at Top Of The Line Barber Shop on Columbus Street.

Mayor Tecklenburg says rent will be determined based on a percentage of a tenant’s salary.

Construction could begin early next year.