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  • A Sneak Peak at Our Point-in-Time Count

    In January, Charlotte-Mecklenburg joined communities all across the country to conduct an annual Point-in-Time count of people experiencing homelessness.  The results for our community will be published very soon, but I wanted to give you a sneak peak at what the numbers tell us at the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte (MSC).

    On the night of the count, MSC sheltered 527 men.  A quick look at the demographics of those men is telling:

    1.  20% of the men in the shelter are considered “chronically homeless.”

    2.  15% of the men in the shelter are veterans.

    3.  32% of the men in the shelter reported a mental health or substance addiction issue (this is an under-reporting, the issue is much worse).

    4.  79% of the men in the shelter are African-American.

    While all of these stats are disturbing, I’m really alarmed by the growing proportion of men in the shelter who are African American (79%).   According to the 2013 Census, 32% of the population of Mecklenburg County was African American and 60% was white.  In NC (2013), 22% of the population was African American and 72% was white.  That our community’s emergency shelter population (men experiencing homelessness) is so disproportionate to our population demographics as a whole is alarming.  This is another indicator of how serious an issue poverty and upward mobility is in our own community and why MSC’s focus on the solution of ending homelessness for each man we serve is critical!

  • Carson invites YOU to help make the Moving Men Home Breakfast unforgettable

    Mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 7:30 -9:00 am at The Westin Charlotte for a morning filled with compelling and meaningful stories about and from the men who are no longer experiencing homelessness – because of you. Your support moves men home. More than 1,200 men moved home in the past three years! This annual fundraising breakfast is your chance to hear first hand about men you moved home, and help make it possible for more men to move home.

    Carson and Jesus G at 2014 breakfast

    All proceeds from this event are invested in moving men home through the programs and services you help make possible through Men’s Shelter of Charlotte.

    Here are a few ways for you to be involved on Wednesday, April 15 at the Annual Fundraising Breakfast.

    Join Executive Director, Carson Dean, on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at The Westin Charlotte from 7:30 – 9:00 am for the annual community fundraising breakfast.




    Thank you to the Moving Men Home 2015 Community Breakfast Sponsors. Join this group today. (Sponsors as of February 28, 2015)


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    Special thanks to John Strayhorn for the photo above of Executive Director Carson Dean and former shelter guest Jesus Gonzalez.



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The Shelter has given me hope and wisdom and I do not ever have to use drugs again.

- Bryant W.