Census 2020: Why It Matters
We only get one chance every ten years, The City of Monroe is at 50% response rate, with Union County at 64% overall. We still need your response. Please complete your census for everyone living in your home as of April 1, 2020 ASAP. Why is the Census important to you?
$675 Billion is at stake. This is the money allocated to states for schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other essential programs such as assistance to individuals for food and other critical needs.
Representation through redistricting is determined by the boundaries that result from the population counts.
It is your Civic Duty to be counted and it only happens once every 10 years.
Everyone counts! Your personal information is kept safe and not shared.
Census Response Rates: https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html
Information for Small Business Owners
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. Applications were accepted up to April 28, 2020. Click here for details. We encourage you to reach out to SPCC at 704-290-5218 for additional assistance and resources.
Home Ownership Resouces
Home ownership is for everyone and provides a legacy for your family. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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/Meetings
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.
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 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 is managing the acquisition phase. The faster we can get this accomplished, the sooner 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, we will begin bidding the project soon.
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: