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Sneak Preview: A Banner Year!

As we approach the end of another fiscal year (ours ends June 30th), we have much to celebrate at the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte (MSC).  Our equation:  Income + Housing + Support = An End to Homelessness – is working!  Allow me to share some of the impact our housing component is having on ending homelessness in our community.  Our goal for this year was to move 400 men out of the shelter and into more appropriate housing.  We reached that goal before the end of April!  As of April 30th, MSC has moved 423 men into more appropriate housing. 

What’s even better is where they now live.  Our staff helped 45% (190) of those men move into a rental home of their own.  Another 25% (106) were reunited with family.  That’s a whopping 70% who moved from the shelter into a permanent housing situation. 

So, where’d the other 30% go?  They moved into housing situations that are more appropriate than living in the shelter, including supportive housing programs, assisted living, and long-term treatment programs.  There’s more.  So far this fiscal year, only 2% (12 men) of those who we helped moved into more appropriate housing have returned to the shelter! 

We’re very proud of our staff, our volunteers, and our donors who all worked together to make this year’s impact so successful.  We’re even more proud of the 423 men so far this year who have made life changing decisions, focused on their goals, and worked relentlessly to get themselves out of the shelter and into housing.  In case you’re wondering, next year our goal is to move 500 men into more appropriate housing.  Stay tuned…

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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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