Men's Shelter of Charlotte

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For 25 years, the National Low Income Housing Coalition has published one of the best reports on poverty and what it takes to afford a decent apartment to live in.  Out of Reach 2014 was recently released and I encourage you to go to their website and read it –  What I find enlightening about their report is how well they explain concepts like “fair market rent” and “housing wage” and “affordability.”  But what really strikes me when I read the report each year is how far apart the minimum wage is from providing basic, decent, rental housing throughout our entire country.  In N.C. the housing wage for a two-bedroom rental unit is $14.37, almost twice the minimum wage.  In other words, a minimum wage earner would have to work 79 hours per week just to afford housing!  Please read the report and check out the charts – it’s not very lengthy.  Your eyes will be opened!

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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