Community Development

DURING THESE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES MANY OF OUR NEIGHBORS MAY NEED CHRISTMAS ASSISTANCE FOR GIFTS AND FOOD. The Christmas Bureau is accepting applications.  Click here for more information:

https://www.unioncountync.gov/news/union-county-christmas-bureau-accepting-applications-1

COVID 19 CARES FUNDING - Assistance for Rent, Utilities is being managed through Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry:   https://unioncrisis.org/application-for-financial-services.aspx

Census 2020:  Thank you for your participation.  Here are some important facts that you should no regarding the official Census.  

The City of Monroe's Mayor and City Council adopted a resolution to form the Union County-Monroe Complete Count Committee coordinated under the Community Development Division.  City staff members included Councilwoman Surluta Anthony, Keri Mendler (Planner/Planning Division), and Teresa V. Campo (Community Development).  Congratulations Union County!  #1 in the State 74.8% self reporting overall.  Monroe's self reporting rate is 63.1% with  North Carolina's overall self responding rate of 63.4%.  The United States Census Bureau (Census Bureau)  has approximated our vacancy rates of at least 5% which will be added to our overall numbers, in addition the enumerators data has not been included in the rate.  The Census Bureau will review the data and the apportionnment counts President Donald Trump in and Congress in December as required by law.  In March, 2021 we will be notified of any redistricint counts to North Carolina.   The Census is officially closed.  Census Response Rates: https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html

 URGENT REPAIR FUNDS FOR LOW INCOME FAMILIES ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR PARTNER UNION-ANSON HABITAT FOR HUMANITY.   Contact tcampo@monroenc.org for a referral and application. 

Impacted by COVID-19.  Need  Rent Assistance?

The City of Monroe partners with the Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry to provide help with mortgage and rent.  In addition, through the Union County Urban County collaboration of government, additional funds are being made available through the CARES Act and managed through the Urban County Crisis Assistance Ministry - contact them at 704-283-3500.  

COVID-19 Information for Small Business Owners

Business Owners in Monroe can benefit from Union County Grant Assistance - for more information click this link:   https://www.unioncountync.gov/news/apply-today-union-county-back-business-grant-program

Disaster Mitigation Series at SPCC
Dear Small Business Owner,  The coronavirus pandemic has impacted your businesses in one way or another, and many of you are concerned about what to do. The Small Business Center at South Piedmont Community College has added a free online seminar series addressing disaster mitigation. You can find them listed at:  https://spcc.edu/sbc. Select "Free Seminars" and scroll down the page to "Disaster Mitigation." Register for any one or all in the series.  Free virtual business counseling is available from the Small Business Center by appointment to help you with applications and questions. Contact the Small Business Center by email at sbc@spcc or phone (704) 290-5218.

LISC Small Business Relief Grants
Here is a small business opportunity offered by LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation). Grants are awarded in amounts of $5,000, $7500 and $10,000. The NEXT  round of applications opens AUGUST 31ST. Click here for details.  We encourage you to reach out to SPCC at 704-290-5218 for additional assistance and resources and sign-up to receive up-to-date information.

Home Ownership Resouces

Fair Housing Equal Housing logoHome ownership is for everyone and rates are low at this time.  DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE IN MONROE.  Call the Monroe/Union County Community Development Corporation (CDC) at (704) 283-8804. Understanding your credit is important. The federally-authorized site for consumers to obtain free credit reports from each of the three main reporting agencies is www.annualcreditreport.com. The CDC offers a free and mandatory home buyers' educational workshop and is a certified housing counseling agency.

The Community Development Division pilot program "Monroe Workforce Housing" is for employees who do not own their primary residence in Monroe to have access to down payment assistance to purchase a home here.  Contact Community Development at (704) 282-4526 for more information or email tcampo@monroenc.org. Fair Housing information can be found here

You can contact us to receive the North Carolina publication "Fair Housing is the Law: Know Your Rights as a Tenant and as a Landlord" by emailing Community Development.

Community Development Committees/MeetingsTeresa Campo Official Photo Image

Community Development is available to speak to your group or meeting to share our goals and initiaitives. To explore how we can work together to forward Monroe, please contact Teresa Campo at (704) 282-4526 or email to discuss.   Join Nextdoor Downtown https://nextdoor.com/invite/syqcqtrmndzwnsjknjjp

Winchester Council Committee Meetings are on hold until further notice. The environmental findings were presented on February 18th at 6:00 p.m.; studies can be found here: City of Monroe Winchester City-Owned Lots Environmental Assessment and City of Monroe Winchester Unspecified Neighborhood Site Strategy Environmental Assessment

Community Development Stakeholder Committee members are a diverse group of nonprofits, community leaders, service providers, government leaders, and businesses volunteering their time and resources to build a sustainable community that is inclusive of all of our citizens.  This committee was formed in 2017; along with our original members we welcome the addition of new members.  We thank you as our partners and use this opportunity to reach out to others to serve. Projects are made possible by the City's partnership with area stakeholders: Union Anson County Habitat for Humanity; Monroe Union County Community Development Corporation; Union County Board of Realtors Member (Mary Ross Real Estate); Union County NC Crisis Assistance Ministry;  Union County Community Shelter; Winchester Neighborhood Association; Council on Aging in Union County; Union County Chamber of Commerce; Shepherd's Place Children's Home; Iglesia de Dios Nueva Viva; Shining Light Baptist Church; Benton Heights Presbyterian Church; Sutton Park Neighborhood Association;  The ARC of Union County; NC Works Green Center, Monroe: Core HR Consulting; The Alliance for Children; Mount Calvary AMEZion Church; Paradise Height Community Members; Transforming Youth Movement;  Waste Pro; Monroe Housing Authority; South Piedmont Community College; Union County Department of Human Services; UNCC Urban Institute; and a continuing partnership with various City, State, and County Government Departments. 

Community Development Projects

Requests for proprosals for two economic development projects which will focus on economic development are upcoming.

  • Property is zoned Office Transitional and is located at 106 Myers Street, Monroe Parcel #09226127. We will be seeking professional and other services at this site.

  • Lot is a residential lot located in the historic district at 306 Charles Street, Monroe, Parcel# 09231173. We will be seeking owner occupied with a documented home occupation, design subject to the Historic Design Guidelines. A bed and breakfast is also an allowed use.  

Concord Avenue Overlay District Beautification Project This is made possible through a land donation. We are looking forward to a beautification project in the Concord Avenue Overlay. The topography survey is complete.  A link to the Concord Avenue Area Master Plan can be found here. The land donation from Gus and Liz Mihelakis of the parcel from Patton Avenue/Concord Avenue/Secrest Shortcut Road for the beautification is complete. Construction will begin after the sidewalk installation is complete.

Monroe Union County CDBG Sidewalk Project  The Right of Way Acquisition Group completed the acquisition phase.  We will be able to move forward with the new sidewalks from Logan to Old Charlotte Highway on Concord Avenue, working with the Engineering Department, American Engineering has completed the project manual and we are enering the bid phase.

We value our community partners! Special thanks to those who give back to our community to help others.  Please thank these businesses with your patronage and your appreciation:

  Lowe's Monroe Logo   Love's Plumbing and Air Monroe NC Wingate Electrical Services   HUGHES Supply MonroeShining Light Baptist Church    Monroe Commmunity Partner Trane Ingersoll Rand Logo Teresa CampoBower's Electric    

    Mauney's Termite Control Logo   Graybar Logo   Chris L. Hope, PE Logo    

  MtC Global Ministries Logo  Serve 365 Logo  Mission Serve Logo Kona Ice Logo