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Mr. Hunt and Our Humanity

Executive Director Liz Clasen-Kelly Smiling With Mr. Hunt In His New Apartment

Mr. Hunt came to us at age 90, homeless for the first time after losing control of his finances. In describing the experience, he remarked, “That was a whole heap of a mess I never intended to get in to.”

Getting to know Mr. Hunt felt like going back in time. When talking with a woman, he would take off his hat and hold it over his heart. He would regale you with stories of being in the Air Force post-World War II and of being a librarian in New York City.

His kindness is matched by his stubbornness. Finding a housing option for him that maintained some level of independence was a must. And, we all rejoiced when he moved out earlier this month to a senior living apartment.

Be sure to read more now on Mr. Hunt’s story!

Mark your calendar, save your wallets

Father’s Day, June 21, is the 2nd annual Father’s Day Wallet Drive

Remembering that men experiencing homelessness play many roles in our community
 
 
sutton donation wallets
Picture above is Sutton, who donated several wallets in the inaugural Father’s Day Wallet Drive last year.
 
Wallets as a symbol of identity.

Men’s Shelter of Charlotte remembers while its clients are experiencing homelessness – it is not an identity. The men are fathers, sons, brothers, husbands, friends, and play many roles in our community.

Donate wallets Friday, June 19 – 22
 
You can celebrate this special day by donating new or gently used wallets for the 2nd Annual Father’s Day Wallet Drive. Last year these wallets were a popular item with our clients. Wallets are a perfect symbol of the path home with the formula: Income + Housing + Supports = An End to Homelessness.

Hold a Drive for Wallets 

Do you have questions about donating wallets or organizing a drive? Call Jennifer Hall at (704) 334.3187 x103 or email:  Jennifer.Hall@MensShelterofCharlotte.org

A Great Way To Start 2015!

Trevor Fuller County Commissioner

If you’ve paid any attention to the local news since yesterday [January 6, 2015] , you’ve heard the announcement that chronic homelessness will be solved in our community by December 31, 2016! 

The Housing First Charlotte-Mecklenburg Ending Chronic Homelessness in 2016 initiative is now underway.  A lot of conversations and planning have taken place over the past 18 months and I, for one, am proud that our community’s leadership – government, civic, nonprofit, faith, etc. – have finally drawn a line in the sand and said enough, our most vulnerable citizens deserve better!  To learn more about the plan itself, I encourage you to go to the initiative’s website HousingFirstCharMeck.org

The Men’s Shelter of Charlotte (MSC) is one of many homeless services agencies serving people in our community who are experiencing homelessness and are considered chronically homeless (meaning they’ve been homeless often or for an extended period of time and they have an disabling condition, often mental illness).  In fact, MSC provides safe shelter and supportive services to about 200 chronically homeless men each year.  In FY2013-2014, 24% of the men MSC moved into more appropriate housing were chronically homeless – that’s over 100 chronically men who moved out of the shelter in just one year!  So far in FY2014-2015, about 20% of the moves to more appropriate housing at MSC are with chronically homeless men.  At MSC, we know first hand how this Housing First initiative can, and will, work to end chronic homelessness in our community.  Housing First Charlotte-Mecklenburg aligns well with MSC’s mission to end homelessness for each man we serve.  That’s why we’re excited about the plan and actively engaged to help the initiative succeed.

By declaring a date certain to end chronic homelessness, our community leaders have endorsed a solid plan that will work with everyone’s commitment.  I was proud to stand with so many colleagues and community leaders yesterday as the plan was announced.  I’m grateful for Mayor Clodfelter and County Commission Chairman Trevor Fuller for fully committing our local governments to make this plan succeed.  I’m grateful to hear my colleague Fulton Meachum, CEO of the Charlotte Housing Authority, once again publically declare that homelessness would continue to be a preference for access to public housing.  I’m proud of my colleague Dale Mullenix, from the Urban Ministry Center, for committing his agency to manage this project.  Our business community, especially Bank of America and Wells Fargo, are to be commended for rallying the business sector around this plan.  And last, but far from least, much credit goes to Michael Smith, CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners.  Michael is the mastermind who quietly pulled everyone together and insisted we create a bold approach to solve the problem of chronic homelessness, first for those most vulnerable citizens who need our help, and then as another way to make our community a vibrant place in which to work and live. 

The clock is now ticking and there is much work to be done.  We will end chronic homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg by the end of 2016.  But that’s not the end of the story.  We will then complete the work of ending homelessness for all in our community.  MSC will certainly play it’s part.  In addition to our stated mission of ending homelessness for each man, our agency’s vision to realize an end to homelessness in our community through fostering systemic change.  Yesterday we all witnessed a seismic shift in our systemic approach to solving homelessness that will prove that, collectively, this community can realize an end to homelessness for all!

Happy New Year

I’m always excited about New Years Day because with it comes a renewed vigor to accomplish so many things in life. 

At the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte (MSC), the New Year is also the halfway point in our fiscal year.  By New Year’s Day we can see how much progress our men have made over the past six months, which excites us for the progress to come over the next six months.  Please be on the lookout for our community Impact Report to be released in early 2015.  In it you can share in our excitement over progress being made at MSC to end homelessness for each man, thus ending homelessness in our community. 

As we all think about our New Year’s resolutions, maybe one of yours will be to get involved or become more involved in the incredible success happening at the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte?

Happy New Year!

Rapid Re-Housing is a Best Practice

Several years ago the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte (MSC) made the decision to focus intently on getting men out of the shelter and into places of their own.  We called it Continuing Care but what we were beginning to do is what is now commonly referred to as Rapid Re-Housing. The gist is to identify ways to move people into housing as quickly as possible to shorten their stay in emergency shelter. 

Today MSC’s rapid re-housing approach includes using volunteers to help men begin preparing for their move through our Housing and Employment Resource Center.  It takes partners like Crisis Assistance Ministry to obtain furniture and moving assistance.  It takes resources including government funding to provide rental subsidies.  It takes landlords who are willing to work with our clients.  But, most importantly, it takes the determination of our men who really do want to move out of the shelter and the creativity of our case management staff to find ways to make it work. 

To learn more about MSC’s impact by using best practices including rapid re-housing, check out our Impact Report

To learn move about Rapid Re-Housing visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness.  I especially encourage you to read their blog posting “Rapid Re-Housing is not an Anti-Poverty Program” (October 17, 2014).  It’ll make you think!

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