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Rapid Rehousing & MSC’s Equation

I’m blogging early this week since tomorrow is Men’s Shelter of Charlotte’s Moving Men Home 2015 Community Partnership Breakfast and Fundraiser.  We’re so looking forward to gathering with about 600 friends to show how MSC continues to end homelessness in our community. 

This week the National Alliance to End Homelessness released a blog discussing the 3 components every Rapid Rehousing Program should have – Find Housing, Pay for Housing, Stay in Housing.  You can check it out here.

It was cool to see the National Alliance’s blog post validating what we do at MSC everyday.  Our team is constantly working to build relationships with landlords to find housing.  In addition to helping men increase their income to pay for housing, MSC offers some short-term rental subsidies to those who really need such help.  Finally, we strive to ensure every man moves out with at least 2, and preferably 5, supports in place to help him stay housed.

In other words, MSC’s equation dovetails perfectly with national best practices in Rapid Rehousing:  Income (Pay for Housing) + Housing (Find Housing) + Support (Stay in Housing) = An End to Homelessness!  So cool!

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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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