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Celebrating Juneteenth With a Look Back at the History of Grier Heights

This year marks the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth, now a federal holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved Black people in the United States. Celebrations go as far back as 1866 and originated in African American churches. The holiday became more acknowledged during the 20th century and received official recognition in 47 states, including North Carolina.…

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$31 Million in Real Estate Development Completed in 2020

DreamKey Partners completed $31 million in real estate development in 2020, bringing total investments to $353 million since its founding in 1989. As a full-service real estate development organization focused on affordable housing, it oversees land and acquisition, design and entitlement, capital sources, construction and management. The organization also includes community engagement – listening sessions with…

Julie Porter as a child

Women’s History Month Profiles in Leadership: Julie Porter looks to double DreamKey Partners’ housing portfolio by 2023

The following article was originally posted on NeighborWorks America’s website and written by Madelyn Lazorchak, Communications Writer, NeighborWorks America. Julie Porter grew up as the youngest of nine children. Her older brothers and sisters were raised in a country farmhouse with no hot running water, but Porter was born in town, where the family moved…

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership Announces Name Change to DreamKey Partners

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership announced today a change to its name, visual identity and mission, now operating as DreamKey Partners. The change reflects a stronger focus on how the organization helps individuals and families achieve their dreams of a safe, affordable home. Coinciding with the unveiling of the new brand, DreamKey Partners launched an updated organization…

Nearly $1M Committed to affordable housing In Grier Heights

Myers Park Presbyterian Church, CrossRoads Corporation, Grier Heights Presbyterian Church and Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Give Interest-Free Loan to DreamKey Partners CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 3, 2019 – As the city of Charlotte continues to see explosive growth, the need for affordable housing becomes increasingly more dire. Last fall, Charlotte’s passage of the historic $50 million…

The Housing Partnership Gets $250,000 Grant For Community Stabilization

Funds to increase affordable ownership options and rehab homes in the North End CHARLOTTE, N.C., November 5, 2018 – Republic Services Charitable Foundation selected DreamKey Partners to receive one of its National Neighborhood Promise grants for $250,000 to support revitalization efforts in the North End. “Through the National Neighborhood Promise program, Republic Services Charitable Foundation…

The Housing Partnership Receives Significant Land Donation For Development In West Charlotte

Marsh Properties donates nearly eight acres for mixed-income affordable housing CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 9, 2018 – Market-rate apartment developer, Marsh Properties Inc. (“Marsh”), donated 7.8 acres to help make the financing model for DreamKey Partners’s proposed mixed-income rental housing development work. The donated land is at the corner of Freedom Drive and Camp Greene Street…

The Housing Partnership Receives Grant For Veterans Housing

The Home Depot Foundation awards $300,000 to support affordable housing for senior veterans in West Charlotte CHARLOTTE, N.C., August 1, 2018 – DreamKey Partners has been awarded a $300,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation (THDF) to provide housing for former service members. The grant provides for affordable veterans’ preference units at The Mulberry Senior…

Charlotte’s losing affordable housing units – what can we do?

BY JULIE PORTER – SPECIAL TO THE OBSERVER EDITORIAL BOARD February 13, 2018 Right before the Christmas holiday, DreamKey Partners received an emergency request for housing. A disabled senior was being displaced from her apartment near Central Avenue after the property was purchased by an investor for redevelopment. She needed housing near transit that was…