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  • A Great Way To Start 2015!

    Trevor Fuller County Commissioner

    If you’ve paid any attention to the local news since yesterday [January 6, 2015] , you’ve heard the announcement that chronic homelessness will be solved in our community by December 31, 2016! 

    The Housing First Charlotte-Mecklenburg Ending Chronic Homelessness in 2016 initiative is now underway.  A lot of conversations and planning have taken place over the past 18 months and I, for one, am proud that our community’s leadership – government, civic, nonprofit, faith, etc. – have finally drawn a line in the sand and said enough, our most vulnerable citizens deserve better!  To learn more about the plan itself, I encourage you to go to the initiative’s website HousingFirstCharMeck.org

    The Men’s Shelter of Charlotte (MSC) is one of many homeless services agencies serving people in our community who are experiencing homelessness and are considered chronically homeless (meaning they’ve been homeless often or for an extended period of time and they have an disabling condition, often mental illness).  In fact, MSC provides safe shelter and supportive services to about 200 chronically homeless men each year.  In FY2013-2014, 24% of the men MSC moved into more appropriate housing were chronically homeless – that’s over 100 chronically men who moved out of the shelter in just one year!  So far in FY2014-2015, about 20% of the moves to more appropriate housing at MSC are with chronically homeless men.  At MSC, we know first hand how this Housing First initiative can, and will, work to end chronic homelessness in our community.  Housing First Charlotte-Mecklenburg aligns well with MSC’s mission to end homelessness for each man we serve.  That’s why we’re excited about the plan and actively engaged to help the initiative succeed.

    By declaring a date certain to end chronic homelessness, our community leaders have endorsed a solid plan that will work with everyone’s commitment.  I was proud to stand with so many colleagues and community leaders yesterday as the plan was announced.  I’m grateful for Mayor Clodfelter and County Commission Chairman Trevor Fuller for fully committing our local governments to make this plan succeed.  I’m grateful to hear my colleague Fulton Meachum, CEO of the Charlotte Housing Authority, once again publically declare that homelessness would continue to be a preference for access to public housing.  I’m proud of my colleague Dale Mullenix, from the Urban Ministry Center, for committing his agency to manage this project.  Our business community, especially Bank of America and Wells Fargo, are to be commended for rallying the business sector around this plan.  And last, but far from least, much credit goes to Michael Smith, CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners.  Michael is the mastermind who quietly pulled everyone together and insisted we create a bold approach to solve the problem of chronic homelessness, first for those most vulnerable citizens who need our help, and then as another way to make our community a vibrant place in which to work and live. 

    The clock is now ticking and there is much work to be done.  We will end chronic homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg by the end of 2016.  But that’s not the end of the story.  We will then complete the work of ending homelessness for all in our community.  MSC will certainly play it’s part.  In addition to our stated mission of ending homelessness for each man, our agency’s vision to realize an end to homelessness in our community through fostering systemic change.  Yesterday we all witnessed a seismic shift in our systemic approach to solving homelessness that will prove that, collectively, this community can realize an end to homelessness for all!

  • Thank you!

    End of Year Results Email Photos Eddie Website

    You made the Push to $100,000 a huge success!!! 

    Thanks to your generosity to the Push to $100,000, we surpassed our goal. You have given more than $148,000 to help move even more men home!!! Thank you!

    Your gifts provide for a stable place in which men can chart the next phase of their lives, and end their experience with homelessness. Because of you, men have access to and assistance with: 

    - Rent    – Down Payments    – Application fees     – Case managers    - Computers to search for jobs and housing   – Programs to address addictions and mental illness     – A safe place to sleep and find three meals a day 

    Thank you for responding so generously to move men home! 

    We are overjoyed!

    Let’s keep going!

  • You Move Men Home

     End of Year Email Photos (JR)

    With the end of the year quickly approaching, we are calling on you, our invested community members, to help us raise $100,000 to move 50 men home by December 31st

    It is only with your generous gifts that men have the supports they need to help end their experience with homelessness. You provide these men with bus passes to get to and from work, three square meals a day, a safe place to sleep, and access to professional case managers.  And that’s just the start. Consider a former guest – Roy – and his comments to us. 

    I want to help people that are unfortunate and going through tough situations such as drug and alcohol [addictions] and other life situations. 

    I was homeless and a resident at Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. Being in the shelter and getting help from great resources – helped to save my life.  I truly thank and appreciate what the shelter did for me because it was a blessing.  

    Sharing my story will hopefully help and inspire others in the shelter and in the world to let them know that Men’s Shelter of Charlotte gave me a new outlet in my life. It also helped me to save my life –by helping me from giving up on my life.

    You can make a difference today! Join our push to $100,000 and help a man move home. Thank you.

    Already made your gift? Thank you so much! We encourage you to share with your friends and follow the #pushto$100,000 on Facebook and twitter.

  • Happy New Year

    I’m always excited about New Years Day because with it comes a renewed vigor to accomplish so many things in life. 

    At the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte (MSC), the New Year is also the halfway point in our fiscal year.  By New Year’s Day we can see how much progress our men have made over the past six months, which excites us for the progress to come over the next six months.  Please be on the lookout for our community Impact Report to be released in early 2015.  In it you can share in our excitement over progress being made at MSC to end homelessness for each man, thus ending homelessness in our community. 

    As we all think about our New Year’s resolutions, maybe one of yours will be to get involved or become more involved in the incredible success happening at the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte?

    Happy New Year!

  • Morgan’s Shoes Fits 200 Men for New Shoes

    Shoe Give away and fittingHundreds of men received new shoes thanks to a generous donation from a local business.  

    Morgan’s Shoes and Bootery in Gastonia distributed dozens of works boots and casual shoes to men who live at the Tryon and Statesville Avenue shelters.

    The owner, Doug Morgan and seven of his associates fitted the men.  They were then able to choose from several styles in their size and also received a new pair of socks. 

    Morgan placed a special order for the shoes.   He made sure to get quality boots that will keep their feet warm all winter.  “It’s not leftovers.  You want to give a gift worth giving,” Morgan said. 

    One man who is searching for a job said the gift gave him encouragement to keep looking and to keep his head up.  

    Morgan fitting man for shoes“God has blessed us beyond belief.  We are just a conduit – he uses us to pass it on and bless others,” Morgan said. 

    It’s the fourth year for the shoe giveaway and Morgan plans to continue the tradition next year.

     

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