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$500,000 Gift from Duke Energy Foundation Helps Expand Supportive Housing

We are thrilled to announce a $500,000 gift from the Duke Energy Foundation to foster the development of supportive housing for people who have been chronically homeless for a year or longer.

The gift will go toward our efforts to replicate the success of Moore Place, our 120-unit apartment community that provides housing and on-site services to address issues that can hamper residents’ ability to keep housing. Moore Place has a retention rate of more than 85% and has dramatically decreased the frequency and cost of emergency room treatment for those who become residents.

“We know permanent housing with on-site supportive services can end chronic homelessness, and we are so grateful for Duke Energy Foundation’s investment in this proven strategy,” said Roof Above CEO Liz Clasen-Kelly. “This gift will not only will help our most vulnerable citizens but also will benefit our larger community.”

The Duke Energy Foundation hopes its investment will prompt other donors to rally around the development of supportive housing with additional funding. In appreciation, Roof Above will name learning labs for Duke Energy at its emergency shelter under construction on Statesville Avenue and at its next supportive housing project.

“This work would be impossible without philanthropists and corporate partners like Duke Energy who are willing to take on what we believe is one of Charlotte’s most pressing issues,” Clasen-Kelly said.

“Providing support for chronic homelessness is an important part of powering the vitality of our communities”, said Duke Energy’s North Carolina president, Stephen De May. “We want to be part of solutions to help create equal access opportunities for our local community.”

Read the full press release here.

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