Brookhill Community Day sponsored by Charlotte churches
Brookhill Community Day is scheduled for Saturday, August 12th from 10:30 am until 2:00 pm, and is being sponsored by South Tryon Community United Methodist Church and Myers Park United Methodist Church.
The event will celebrate the community of Brookhill Village, as churches and residents work together to build a future as promising as the neighborhood’s rich history. The event will be a neighborhood cookout to celebrate what the community can be, and will include children’s games and live music. There will also be opportunities to hear from community leaders and local government officials.
Brookhill Village is located at the intersection of South Tryon and Remount Road in Charlotte. It is approximately 36 acres in the rapidly growing South End Area of the city. The property has a complex structure with the land owned by one party and a land lease owned by another party.
The original land lease owner built over 700 units of multifamily single-story rental homes in 1950. The low-income homes were rented only to African Americans during our segregated past. Unfortunately, little money has been spent on maintenance of the property which has resulted in significant decay, with only about 270 units currently inhabitable.
Today, there are only 369 buildings remaining on the land, 241 are occupied by 424 adults and children. The buildings are rotting and are unfit for the existing tenants. The current low-income residents are paying a very low rental rate income adjusted from $342.00 – $676.00 per month. Brookhill residents will be unable to find alternative housing in a challenging Charlotte rental community within this price range.
- 240 Households (99%) earn less than $36,000 or 50% AMI
- 100 Head of Households (37%) are over 55 years of age
- 158 (66%) are Female led households
- 111 Minor Residents or 26% of residents
- 174 Units or 72% are 2 Bedroom
?The churches and community leaders are working together to find a solution to rebuild Brookhill that will provide new homes to the current residents and an additional 500 mix income housing units.?
Please pray for the residents of Brookhill Village and join them on August 12th to support the future of that community.
Resources for Vital Congregations
Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor
GBHEM Leadership Resources
Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church
Englewood Book Review
Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations
Ted Talks: The Golden Circle
Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability
Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability
Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians
Be A Disciple
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network
Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations
Living As United Methodist Christians
Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials
Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today
John Wesley Sermons: Anthology
Get Their Name
Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit
Canoeing the Mountains
Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People
Community: The Structure of Belonging
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
Institute for Emerging Issues
Congregations 4 Children
The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants
The Duke Endowment
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
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