White House rep visits Charlotte to discuss housing, transportation

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North Carolina Construction News staff write

City of Charlotte recently hosted Tom Perez, senior advisor to President Biden, to discuss investments in affordable housing and the Affordable Mobility Platform (AMP), which increases access to electric vehicles and reduces EV adoption barriers.

“President Biden and his administration have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to increasing sustainable infrastructure and mobility in Charlotte and throughout our country,” said Mayor Lyles. “Investing in affordable housing and programs like AMP bridge the mobility gap, address deep-rooted inequities and ensure transportation is accessible and fair for everyone.

Perez was given a tour of Peppertree Apartments, a project that received $8 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for acquisition and rehabilitation of 292 affordable housing units. The rehabilitation also includes energy efficiency upgrades such as HVAC, water heater and appliance replacements as well as roof, window and door improvements.

“This investment is a demonstration of meeting people where they are,” Perez said. “We are working together to build opportunity. The City of Charlotte has taken these resources and used it such a remarkably catalytic way and I know there is much more to come.”

Peppertree, located in the Albemarle/Central Corridor, is also one of the five affordable housing communities selected for the AMP, an EV carshare program. Charlotte is one of 10 cities nationwide selected for this program and the only city in the Southeast. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the program represents a significant step towards reducing carbon emissions and providing affordable, eco-friendly transportation options.

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