is a NC chartered and IRS approved 501c(3) non-profit Public Charity organization dedicated to providing sustainable, affordable housing with supportive services for the homeless and those who are at risk of becoming homeless.
According to Mecklenburg Housing Data as of December 31st 2021 there are 2,884 people experiencing homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
2,884 individuals without a safe place to call home. 2,884 individuals who need affordable housing. 2,884 individuals that need access to supportive services.
It’s heartbreaking to think of the obstacles standing in their way. There is minimal affordable housing and access to that housing is extremely difficult to obtain. I think about the individuals struggling with multiple jobs, those who are trying to obtain work but their past doesn’t allow them, and those who are on waiting lists just hoping and praying to get called.
Then I get angry. Why in the grand scheme of life is it so difficult for individuals to get access to have a safe place to call home, the dignity of a new beginning, and the hope for a brighter future? We see the work of grassroots organizations pounding the pavement day in and day out trying to help not just 2,884 individuals, but anyone who needs it. We see these individuals trying to make it out of the cycle of homelessness. And yet the number of homeless continues to go up while access to resources is going down.
Charlotte we have to step up and say enough is enough. These individuals are not just some number on a spreadsheet. These are friends, family members, someone’s mother, father, sister, brother, child the list goes on. These 2,884 individuals are HUMAN BEINGS! They all deserve a safe place to call home, the dignity of a new beginning, and the hope of a brighter future!
Community with 8 cottages including 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, and 3 bedroom
As of August 2021, there were 3,149 homeless people in Mecklenburg County.
Currently, there are over 34,000 families priced out of affordable housing. This includes police officers, teachers, and other first responders.
In Mecklenburg County, there are more than 200 homeless veterans.
There are more than 4,000 children who are homeless in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools.
In Charlotte, the average cost to provide support for a homeless person is $40,000. This drops significantly to approximately $14,000 once in supportive housing.
Good community housing programs have over a 97% housing stability rate. Individuals who have been chronically homeless, but can get in, can sustain that housing.