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About the 2013 CWP build locations

The Carter Work Project took place in five locations across the United States.

Oakland San Jose

The San Francisco Bay Area is the least-affordable housing market in the United States. Government estimates indicate that the East Bay and Silicon Valley areas will require nearly 125,000 additional housing units between 2014 and 2022.

Forty percent of which will be needed to house low- and very low-income families. Much of Oakland’s poverty is concentrated in East Oakland, where housing stock has fallen into disrepair, posing health and safety risks for families.

CWP goals:

  • Build 12 townhouse
  • Repair eight homes
  • Community improvement project with neighborhood organizations

As the “Capital of Silicon Valley,” technology center San Jose delivers world-changing innovation, but its burgeoning economy has produced more jobs than housing.

The median asking price for a home in San Jose is double the national average. Limited-income families in San Jose have little choice but to live in substandard housing or to crowd too many people into too small a space.

CWP goals:

  • Repair or renovate 10 homes
  • Community improvement project with neighborhood organizations
Denver New York

Denver’s lowest income neighborhoods are in dire need of revitalization. Creating and preserving affordable housing in these communities is vital to their success in the future.

A limited housing supply and all-time low vacancy rates create high costs for metro Denver families. A person must work the equivalent of 2.5 minimum-wage jobs or earn $38,000 a year to afford the average rent in Denver.

The median home price in metro Denver is more than $230,000. A family must earn at least $70,000 to afford a home, yet two-thirds of Denver jobs pay less than $60,000, and the median family income in Denver County is $54,000.

CWP goals:

  • Complete 11 townhouses in the Globeville neighborhood
  • Repair 15 homes
  • Additional neighborhood revitalization projects with partner organizations

New York City, the site of the very first Carter Work Project, continues to face a dramatic housing crisis.

Some 70 percent of New Yorkers rent their homes, compared with 30 percent nationally.  

Of renters earning between $35,000 and $75,000 annually, 45 percent in Manhattan pay rent that is officially unaffordable.  For low- and moderate-income residents, owning a home in New York City seems out of the question. 

To compound an already difficult housing situation, Superstorm Sandy tore through New York City last October, displacing families and demolishing homes or leaving them in need of critical repair.

CWP goals:

  • Repair 8 homes in Queens
  • Repair 10+ homes in Staten Island as part of Superstorm Sandy recovery
Union Beach

Superstorm Sandy damaged more than 10,000 owner-occupied homes in Monmouth County, New Jersey.  

In Union Beach, 270 families lost their homes and some 2,102 households suffered major or severe damage.

More than half of Union Beach residents have not received sufficient insurance payouts to rebuild or repair their homes.

Nearly half of Union Beach residents make less than $40,000 annually, and 7 percent of households represent homeowners aged 65 and older and living alone.

CWP goals:

  • Build 1-2 homes
  • Repair 11-13 homes