New resource takes stock of homelessness, housing in Charlotte

New resource takes stock of homelessness, housing in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - On any given night there are more than 1,400 homeless people in Charlotte. Now, there's a new tool to help everyone understand the crisis and how it's being handled.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing and Homelessness Dashboard was launched as a resource for data, stories, and information on housing instability.

The dashboard measures how many people enter homelessness, how long they stay in homeless, and how they find housing.

Stakeholders in the City and County tout recent successes in fighting homelessness. Thirteen-percent more people moved from homelessness to housing compared to the previous year.

This comes as the city and county leaders put more emphasis on community concerns like affordable housing, jobs, and equality. Last year, Charlotte City Council members wrote a community letter outlining their plan to improve quality of life for all citizens.

One key promise was to build 5,000 affordable housing units over the next three years. Demand is great and average rent prices make it difficult for a working family to afford and find stable housing.

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