Watch: Housing Affordability Townhall Event in Charlotte

Event Aired on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 8:30 a.m. ET

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Contacts: Paul Lopez
(202) 266-8409
plopez@nahb.org

Whitney Richardson
(202) 266-8404
wrichardson@nahb.org

NAHB’s Election 2020 series with The Hill continued in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 8:30 a.m. State and local government officials, industry leaders and community partners shared their insights on the challenges of housing affordability.

Rising home prices, lending restrictions, stagnant wages and a growing burden of debt have made homeownership financially unattainable for many prospective buyers. Cities across the country — including those as vibrant as Charlotte — continue to struggle with how to open the doors to homeownership to more of their residents while ensuring sound fiscal policies and practices. In the case of the “Queen City,” despite a number of recent economic positives, stagnant wage growth, lack of public transit options and the historical isolation of working-class neighborhoods are just a few of the hurdles to homeownership for so many of its residents, particularly minority populations.

This situation is not unique to Charlotte, however, as community leaders search for solutions to create a better pathway to homeownership. NAHB Chairman Dean Mon sat down with Kelly Zuccarelli, senior vice president and manager of the national builder, renovation and condo program at Wells Fargo & Company, to discuss the key financial barriers and other challenges prospective home owners face in the home-buying process, and what can be done to alleviate or improve these issues.

Additional details, including a full agenda for the event, are available here. Learn more about the housing affordability crisis.

Building the Dream: Charlotte // Open Remarks / Panel: From Charlotte to Capitol Hill

Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) and Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles in conversation with Steve Clemons, editor at large for The Hill

Building the Dream: Charlotte // Panel: Housing Policy Across the Carolinas

Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and State Sen. Paul Newton (R) in conversation with Reid Wilson, national correspondent at The Hill.

Building the Dream: Charlotte // Sponsor Perspective: Financial Barriers to Homeownership

Dean Mon, 2020 chairman of the National Association of Home Builders, in conversation with Kelly Zuccarelli, senior vice president of national builder and condo program, manager, at Wells Fargo & Co.

Building the Dream: Charlotte // Panel: A Blueprint for Affordability

A panel featuring Brian Collier, executive vice president for the Foundation for the Carolinas; Pamela Wideman, director of housing & neighborhood services department for the City of Charlotte; Alanna McCargo, vice president of housing finance policy at Urban Institute; Scott Farmer, executive director at North Carolina Housing Finance Agency; and Julie Eiselt, mayor pro tem of the Charlotte City Council; in conversation with Lisa Worf, morning edition co-host at WFAE.
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