I’m so excited to release the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte’s (MSC) first Impact Report –MSC Quarterly Impact Report_Jul-Sep2014. MSC is releasing this report in an effort to demonstrate our success towards ending homelessness, to show where we have to work harder, and to keep our stakeholders informed. MSC takes its responsibility as stewards of community resources seriously and believes in being fully transparent. This Impact Report is available on our website where you will find other important documents including our tax returns.
While I think the report speaks for itself, I would like to highlight a couple of important items.
First, MSC’s scattered sites approach towards rapid rehousing is working. You’ll see from the map that we have moved men into rental housing throughout our Charlotte-Mecklenburg County community.
Second, we are on track to achieve 500 moves to more appropriate housing by the end of our fiscal year. When added to the 497 men we moved in fiscal year 2014, our momentum is strong!
Third, MSC moves a lot of men into more appropriate housing who are considered chronically homeless. You may remember from previous blogs that I’m not a fan of labeling people. However, it is proven that those who are chronically homeless utilize a disproportionate share of community resources. So, MSC is proud that about 20% of the men we’ve moved into more appropriate housing are chronically homeless. These are men with serious barriers who have overcome and now have a place of their own!
I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out the graphs that make up our report. We’re thrilled that so many man have been positively impacted during the first few months of this fiscal year and I look forward to the opportunity to report our impact to you every few months.