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It’s All About the Equation

Last week, during our 4th Annual Community Partnership Breakfast, I shared MSC’s equation for ending homelessness:

INCOME + HOUSING + SUPPORT = END TO HOMELESSNESS

Yes, this is a bit of an oversimplification of the strategies needed to help someone overcome their homeless experience.  But, it’s also that straightforward.  We have to help the men accessing our emergency shelters determine a path towards income which can then lead to housing.  Once housed, we know that without an appropriate level of support, failure is likely, so creating a support network is critical.  The cool thing about this equation is that it works.  So far this year, MSC has helped about 200 men move to more appropriate housing.  Now you know how we did it.

Carson Dean

In September 2008 I became the Executive Director of the Men's Shelter of Charlotte. I've spent almost 15 years working to end homelessness in North Carolina. After working with homeless and runaway youth in Raleigh, I served as the Director of the South Wilmington Street Center (men's shelter) in Wake County and then worked on Orange County's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. I am a former board chair for the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness and former chair of the Homeless Services Network in Charlotte. In 2014 I served as the partner agency representative on the United Way Central Carolinas board of directors.

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