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Roof Above adds 88 units of permanent supportive housing with hotel purchase

As we continue our push for affordable housing solutions, we are thrilled to announce our purchase of a hotel!

Located at the intersection of Clanton Road and Interstate 77, the renovations to transform the hotel into permanent supportive housing will begin this summer, with an estimated project cost of $12 million.

When the transformation is complete, the facility will replicate Moore Place, a nationally-recognized housing community that provides affordable housing paired with on-site case management and medical care for people who have experienced chronic homelessness.

Each unit in the new project will be renovated to include a kitchen. In addition, a support services wing will be added to provide space for robust services to help a vulnerable population be successful in housing. By converting existing space, the project will avoid some of the time delays and financial constraints of new construction.

We are excited that the 88-unit hotel will serve an immediate need this winter as emergency shelter for women and families, in partnership with Salvation Army Center of Hope.

Roof Above raised money for the project through government and philanthropic support including:

  • $2 million in CARES Act funding from the City of Charlotte
  • $1 million from the Springsteen Foundation
  • $500,000 from a previously announced gift from Duke Energy Foundation
  • A significant financial contribution from John McKibbon and the McKibbon Family Foundation

While we have secured funding for the purchase and to start renovations, additional funding is still needed to complete the transformation and pay for initial operating costs of the converted hotel.

As with all of our projects, we could not have embraced this remarkable and innovative opportunity without the generosity of our community of supporters. Your commitment to help our neighbors in need is both humbling and critical in moving the needle on homelessness.

Read the full press release here.

Roof Above partnership preserves affordable housing through $50 million purchase of East Charlotte apartment community

With affordable housing disappearing across the country, we are thrilled to announce our purchase of an entire apartment community that will preserve 341 apartments in east Charlotte for individuals and families earning a range of incomes.

In a $50 million deal made possible through a remarkable public-private partnership, Roof Above has acquired HillRock Estates on 23 acres near Kilborne Drive. Through deed restrictions, we will ensure the apartments remain affordable for at least 27 years for households earning below the city’s median income.

A philanthropic gift of $5 million, the largest single private gift ever received by Roof Above, and a gift of $2 million, both donated anonymously from two Charlotte families, made the deal possible. Atrium Health also was crucial in securing the property, providing a $5 million low-interest loan to Roof Above in exchange for the use of 50 apartments over time to house Atrium workers in need of assistance. Financing also was provided by Bellweather Enterprise through a Fannie Mae loan, as well as the city of Charlotte’s voter-approved Housing Trust Fund. An innovation grant of $600,000 from Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and additional philanthropic donation totaling $1 million rounded out the funding for the project.

We are so grateful for our corporate, philanthropic and government partners in this innovative solution that will provide housing for so many individuals and families. HillRock Estates embodies the kind of bold thinking we had in mind last year when we merged Urban Ministry Center and Men’s Shelter of Charlotte to form a single, more impactful organization.

Read the full press release here

$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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