Facts

On any given night, there are approximately 2,418 people, including those in families, experiencing homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg County.1

Our community needs over 16,000 affordable rental housing units, with or without services, to prevent and end homelessness.2

Homeless families tend to be younger, headed by single mothers, and have children under the age of six.3

On any given night, nearly one-third of people experiencing homelessness in our community are part of a family with dependent children.4

Veterans are about 50 percent more likely than the general population to experience homelessness.5

Soldiers who served in Vietnam and post-Vietnam era conflict are the veterans at the greatest risk of homelessness.6

An estimated 200 survivors of domestic violence are homeless in Charlotte-Mecklenburg on any given night.7

Young adults (ages 18 to 30) represent a growing segment of the homeless population.8

Low wages, under-employment, and high rental costs prevent the estimated nine percent of homeless individuals who are employed from obtaining stable housing.9

An estimated ten percent of the homeless population experience long-term homelessness in addition to their disabling condition.10

Over the course of an academic year, there are approximately 4,770 children in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system who report being homeless, living in motels or doubled-up.11


Footnotes

1, 4, 7Charlotte-Mecklenburg Point in Time Count. (2013). Collected for night of January 30, 2013.

2Charlotte Housing Authority: UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs. (2010). A Comprehensive Affordable Housing Market Study for Mecklenburg County: Prepared for Charlotte Housing Authority. Charlotte, NC: UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs University of North Carolina at Charlotte. September, 2010 Author.

3, 8U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). (2010). The 2009 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. Washington, DC: U.S. HUD Office of Community Planning and Development, 2010.

5U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). (2011). Veteran Homelessness: A supplement to the 2009 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. Washington, DC: U.S. HUD Office of Community Planning and Development and U.S. VA The National Center on Homelessness among Veterans. 2011.

6Kasprow, W.J., Rosenheck, R.A., DiLella, D., Cavallaro, L.A., and & Harelik, N. (2009). Health Care for the Homeless Veterans Programs: Twenty-sSecond Annual Report. Washington, DC: Department of Veterans Affairs.

9The United States Conference of Mayors. (2011). 2011 Hunger and Homeless Survey: A Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness in America's Cities. A 29 City Survey. Washington, DC: Author. December, 2011.

10Culhane, D.P., & Kuhn, R. (1997). Patterns and determinants of shelter utilization among single homeless adults in New York City and Philadelphia: A longitudinal analysis of homelessness. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 17 (1) 23-43.

11McKinney-Vento numbers from CMS