Council for Children’s Rights– Senator Ford served on the Board of the Council of Children’s Rights from 2006 to 2007; he was also a Child Custody Advocate for two years, prior to being on the board. The Council for Children’s Rights improves the lives and futures of children in Mecklenburg County through legal representation, individual advocacy, and by addressing community-wide issues through research and policy work.
The Custody Advocacy Program, of which Senator Ford was a team member, “accepts court appointments to represent any child residing in Mecklenburg County whose parents are engaged in a highly-contested custody case. These cases involve high conflicts, sexual or physical abuse allegations, substance abuse allegations, or psychological disorders; often some of the most difficult cases to resolve.” (http://www.cfcrights.org/childrens-legal-services/custody-advocacy/)
Stratford-Richardson YMCA– Senator Ford served on the Board of Advisors for the Stratford-Richardson YMCA. Located on West Boulevard, Stratford-Richardson YMCA provides after-school programs and health & wellness programs to a community who did not have services before its inception in 2007.
Charlotte Housing Authority- Senator Ford served on the Board of the Charlotte Housing Authority from 2008 to 2014 and Chaired the Board between 2009 to 2011. The accomplishments of the Charlotte Housing Authority under his service are as follows:
2009-2010: Awarded first 35 VASH Vouchers (HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) voucher program
2010: Awarded a $20.9 M HOPE VI grant for the redevelopment of its Boulevard Homes property (creation of an education-centered mixed-income community)
Retrofit of Parktowne Terrace
Renovation of Strawn Tower
Created the Center for Employment Services
Renovation of Charlottetown Terrace
Charlottetown Terrace achieved U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)LEED® Gold 2.2 certification
Multi-Housing News 2012 “Community of the Year.”
Multifamily Executive 2012 “Green Project of the Year.”
Multifamily Executive 2012 “Apartment Renovation of the Year.”
USGBC Charlotte Region Chapter – 2012 Sustainable Business Awards: “Non-Profit Building & Design Award.”
Consolidated its Administrative Offices, Client Services, Housing Choice Voucher and Operations Departments into one main office located at 400 East Boulevard (2012).
Created partnership with the Salvation Army- Supportive Housing Innovation Project (60 units)
Formed a partnership to provide a subsidy to support homeless individuals and families: Moore Place (34), McCreesh (63).
Mecklenburg County Democratic Party- Senator Ford served as Chair of the Mecklenburg Democratic Party between 2008 and 2011. Senator Ford’s Chairmanship came at a time of significant party turmoil; his predecessor vacated the seat prior to the 2008 primaries, and there was much debate about who could, or would want to, chair the party. Inheriting a party account of less than $500, Senator Ford guided the county party through a tumultuous time and created an organization structure that continues to endure. In 2008, the party had sweeping electoral successes: Democrats won big in At-Large County Commission seats, local judgeships, and even flipped the county from Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory to Democrat Beverly Perdue in the gubernatorial election. In 2009, Charlotte elected Democrat Anthony Foxx to Mayor of Charlotte, something many doubted could happen. Furthermore, the county party secured 4 At-Large City Council seats, securing the 8-3 veto-proof majority. In 2010, the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party made history by re-electing an African-American to the County Commission At-Large for the first time. By the end of his tenure, the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party had huge successes across the spectrum of elections, finances, and party organization structure.