September 2, 2021
Major financial pledge by Myers Park United Methodist helps Habitat add 39 affordable housing units in new West Charlotte neighborhood
- Myers Park United Methodist Church pledges $1 million to the project
- Joins City of Charlotte and Ally Charitable Foundation as Cornerstone Investor
Named in honor of Plato Price School that served Black students in West Charlotte for decades, The Meadows at Plato Price seeks to revitalize this historic site by building an affordable housing community on land donated by the City of Charlotte.
This new single-home community helps address a critical shortage of affordable housing in the metro Charlotte area. Just 15% of homes available for sale in Mecklenburg County meet the definition of “affordable” for households earning less than $50,000 annually.
“Habitat Charlotte Region has rich history of partnering with Myers Park United Methodist Church to address affordable housing in our region,” said Laura Belcher, President & CEO of Habitat Charlotte Region. “Their tremendous financial support for The Meadows at Plato Price underscores Myers Park United Methodist’s ongoing commitment to making a significant impact to improve the number of affordable homes available in Charlotte.”
As Habitat Charlotte Region’s largest complete, planned neighborhood, The Meadows at Plato Price will create homeownership opportunities in a part of the city that significantly lags in homeownership rates.
“When we initiated our capital campaign for a new building, called Hope Is Here, our people insisted we include missional building beyond our own walls, to do our part in addressing the need for affordable housing in Charlotte,” said Dr. James Howell of Myers Park United Methodist Church.
“When we learned about the Meadows at Plato Price we were excited about joining with Habitat and other partners to make a lasting, generational impact for families who will move into these homes. Hope Is Here – and Hope Is There too!”
The project is located along Morris Field Drive, between Wilkinson Boulevard and Billy Graham Parkway near public transportation for easy access to jobs in Charlotte’s city center.
The new community will consist of 39 homes built by Habitat staff, volunteers and future homeowners. The Meadows at Plato Price will honor the memory of those who lived, worked and went to school in the area, while creating affordable homeownership opportunities for hard-working families in our community.
About Myers Park United Methodist Church
Hope is here. For Myers Park United Methodist Church, this is not just a phrase; it is our mission and our identity. With God, there is hope. We look within this hope for ourselves, our neighbors, our cities, and our world. We are a vibrant and growing congregation that gathers each Sunday for traditional worship services at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary and a contemporary service called Church in the Round at 8:45 a.m. in Jubilee Hall.