A Successful Year
Another year is over at Men’s Shelter of Charlotte (MSC) and we’ve just released our community Impact Report covering the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014-2015, which also includes results for the entire year. There is much to celebrate. MSC moved 450 men from our shelters into more appropriate housing this past year with 72% either renting their own apartment or reuniting with family! Of those 450 moves, only 7 men returned to our shelters. MSC helped 197 men increase their income through benefits or employment. Men moving from the shelter into housing had an average monthly income of $775, which is remarkable since many men come into our shelters without any source of income. Finally, of the 450 men MSC moved into more appropriate housing this past year, 16% (70 men) were chronically homeless. If you have not received our report you will soon be able to access it on our website – MensShelterofCharlotte.org.
MSC’s housing initiative has just completed its fourth year and we couldn’t be prouder of our impact on the community. Since beginning our efforts to move men into more appropriate housing in 2012, MSC has now successfully moved 1,425 men out of our shelters. These are men returning to our community as employees, renters, fathers, church members, and tax payers – in other words, they’re returning to their lives – and we’re grateful to have played a small role in their journey. By “we,” I don’t just mean MSC as an agency or our staff. I’m including all of you who have helped move men home – MSC’s volunteers, donors, and community stakeholders. It certainly “takes a village” and what a village we have in Charlotte!
Thank you ALL for making fiscal year 2014-2015 so successful for the men MSC serves. Hundreds of men ended their homeless experience because of you! Hundreds of men moved home! Hundreds more are on the path home! You are all awesome and I’m your biggest fan!
I can’t wait to see what we all accomplish together in 2015-2016.