Charleston Fights Gentrification

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Years ago, hundreds were booted out of the low income Shoreview Housing Apartments. The company that owned the property demolished the buildings and built new condos. And at more than 100-thousand dollars apiece these new homes, Cottages at Longborough, were part of the city of Charleston's Affordable Housing program.

So what is affordable housing? It depends. The city offers a broad range of public housing from the extremely low income to just above middle income.

There are apartments for seniors with fixed income. A two bedroom apartment at Enston home with hardwood floors and modern appliances runs about $900 a month.  And under the city's First time homeowners program, a family of four making $74,640 a year could qualify for the six figure condominiums at Longborough.

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