Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family. But with soaring rents and ridiculously high home prices causing housing precarity, life is not easy for working-class families this holiday season.
The Arts Based School has been successfully operating in Downtown Winston for two decades, just behind Lloyd Presbyrtian, in what used to be the old Depot Street neighborhood. This year, they began operating a second school at the former Diggs Elementary in the historic Happy Hill neighborhood. Recently they requested that the Cit… More
For nearly a decade now, there have been serious plans to ‘transform’ the Cleveland Avenue homes. The process of erasing the Cleveland Avenue Homes and building NEWside has begun. According to HAWS’ documents, the first group of 28 residents has been relocated. On Monday, HAWS Director Kevin Cheshire told HAWS… More
“How many housing studies does it take to build an apartment? I’m counting [that] this is the fourth study, not the third. And if we approve $322,000, we are approaching 1 million dollars spent on housing studies…”
-Councilmember Robert Clark, 8/8/2022
The Winston-Salem City Council’s lone Repub… More
On a cold January afternoon over a month ago, HAWS’ Executive Director, Kevin Cheshire, and Winston-Salem Alliance President and Mayor Allen Joines addressed the residents of Crystal Towers. At that meeting that was closed to the media and the general public, the residents of Crystal Towers were told that their building wou… More
The January 25 meeting of the Downtown Winston-Salem Business Improvement District Advisory Committee featured a surprisingly honest albeit brief discussion on the lack of affordable housing in the center city. The lack of affordable or even workforce housing downtown is the elephant in the room. Everyone knows that Downtown Wi… More
On Tuesday, January 18th, just before noon the Winston-Salem Housing Authority (HAWS) and Mayor Joines held a long-overdue meeting with Crystal Tower’s residents. The threat of selling Crystal Towers has haunted Crystal Towers’ 200 elderly and disabled residents since the summer of 2018. Much to the surprise of thi… More
Mayor and Winston-Salem Alliance President Allen Joines has largely failed to maintain existing affordable housing units or produce new affordable housing units in Winston-Salem. As Joines has now been in office for 2o years. He is by far the longest-serving mayor in the twin city’s history. Through state and federal offic… More
The Housing Authority of Winston-Salem appears poised to purchase the former SECU Commons property near Old Greensboro and Reidsville Road. According to HAWS’ board meeting notes, HAWS is in the process of acquiring 15 newly renovated apartment units and the rest of the former SECU Commons’ mix-used campus. Eventua… More
Why does the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem own a $3.5 million commercial building on Fourth Street that houses no one? This is a question that I have delved into in a previous post. But I’m back at it again. And this time, I have more documents on the subject to share.
“In July 2005 HAWS relocated its corporate office to