Black-led organization awarded $1.3 million to expand affordable housing

Freedom Fighting Missionaries, a Charlotte-based re-entry program that helps eliminate barriers for the formerly incarcerated, has been awarded a significant amount of funding from the county to expand its affordable housing efforts. 

Of the original $5 the organization requested, it will receive $1.3 million. The funding it receives will establish Missionary Grove,16 rentable houses that will be leased according to the area median income (AMI), in east Charlotte. 

Funding was made possible through Mecklenburg County by way of the American Rescue Plan Act, a federal COVID relief bill. 18 other local grassroots organizations were also awarded grants to establish more affordable housing. 

Freedom Fighting Missionaries is currently working on several affordable housing projects, including Section Eight housing and plans to construct 40 for-sale homes. The homes will be available to program participants, Kenny Robinson, founder and executive director of Freedom Fighting Missionaries told QCity Metro.

The nonprofit also works closely with the Black Peoples Community Justice Center, an organization that enacts preventative measures to keep people of color out of prison.

Since its formation in January 2020, Freedom Fighting Missionaries has assisted close to 1,400 individuals and served over 200 in 2022, Robinson said. 

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