Community Development

COVID 19 Cares Funding Rental Assistance for Urban Counties (Monroe)

Assistance for Rent, Utilities for eligible residents is available through the Union County Page Emergency Rental Assistance Program.   You can find more information here:   Emergency Rental Assistance .  Fair Housing is a right, find out more information here:  KnowYourRights  If you have questions or a complaint please email me at for additional information on way you can go for assistance. 

Census 2020 Results Finalized 

Monroe population count based on the April 2020 Census is 34,562.   Union County experienced a rapid population growth at 14.47%.  More information regarding the population count can be found here:  City of Monroe 2020 Census Count     The State Profile for Population and Housing

Urgent repair funds for low-income families

Available through the NCHFA and applications are being accepted and funding is limited by contacting Union-Anson County Habitat for Humanity at 704-296-9414 ext. 811 or download URP Application here  Applications must be dropped off with backup documentation at the Habitat Offices located at 3702 Old Charlotte Hwy. Monroe.

COVID-19 Cares Funding for Small Business Owners

Business Owners in Monroe can benefit from Union County Grant Assistance. For more information click this link: Back to Business  

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: 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. 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.  The City of Monroe funds a Down Paymet Assistance program for our citizens and employees workforce housing.  In addition, the City of Monroe provides funding to the Monroe Union County Community Development Corporation for HUD Certified Housing Counseling Services including credit counseling, homeownership, foreclosure assistance, and fair housing information.  More information can be found here:  CDC. The CDC offers a free and mandatory home buyers' educational workshop.  In additionally, the federally-authorized site for consumers to obtain free credit reports from each of the three main reporting agencies is

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

Private Lender Public Outreach Programs for HomeownershipTeresa Campo Official Photo Image

Bank of America has a program open to Monroe and Union County that offers downpayment assistance and closing costs up to $7500 called America's Home Grant Program  and Down Payment Gant Program

Community Development Committees Updates

Community Development is seeking volunteers as we begin community projects.  If your group, church, or team is interested, we can meet through electronic means 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 have restarted.   Every third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Winchester Community Center, Bazemore Meeting Room, 1001 Winchester Avenue.  

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: South Piedmont Community College, 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. 

Economic Development Properties For Sale

Two properties are available and subject to Council approval for sale.  Proposals are being accepted, contact for more information.   

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.

Use must be residential with a permitted economic development use the lot is 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/CDBG Initiatives

Concord Avenue Overlay District Beautification Project The land donation from Gus and Liz Mihelakis of the parcel from Patton Avenue/Concord Avenue/Secrest Shortcut Road for the beautification is complete. 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.  

Monroe Union County CDBG Sidewalk Project  Sidewalks are being installed and almost complete. Let us know what you think.

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    

South Piedmont Community College Logo    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