$1 Million Howard R. Levine Foundation Gift Enables Groundbreaking for Shelter
We are excited to break ground this week (May 4-8) on a new emergency homeless shelter after receiving a generous $1 million gift from the Howard R. Levine Foundation. In recognition of the significance of the gift, the new shelter will be named in Mr. Levine’s honor. The $4.4 million project is needed to replace the current shelter located at 3410 Statesville Avenue, and the Levine gift has provided the leverage needed to begin the project.
The newly constructed shelter will replace the existing aging and inadequate facility on the same property. The old warehouse converted for an emergency winter shelter in 2005, was designed to meet only the most basic needs – a place for men to stay warm, dry and clean.
The new shelter will be designed not just to meet the basic needs of its guests, but also to help men emerge from homelessness with office space for on-site case management for housing and employment services. The new facility will also add a cooking kitchen, guest laundry services, and a group room for classes and a mobile computer lab. The new shelter will mimic the recently renovated N. Tryon facility, with most beds in sleeping pods, creating a more private and distanced environment.
Other major funders for the project include Honeywell ($500,000 announced earlier this year), Springsteen Family Foundation, and The Lucille P. & Edward C. Giles Foundation. North Carolina Housing Finance Agency is supporting the project with a $500,000 loan and Charlotte City Council recently approved a $800,000 grant from the City’s Housing Trust Fund. Construction is estimated to take nine months, with the expectation of guests being able to move in at the end of next winter. Read the full press release here.