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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing Releases Ten-Year Plan Progress Report

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing (CMCH), a joint City-County board overseeing the implementation of the 2006 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Ten-Year Plan to End and Prevent Homelessness, today released a progress report.

The report, Forward Movement: Ending and Preventing Homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, looks back to 2010. Milestones of the progress report to the community include many initiatives created to address the complex issue of homelessness and the development of affordable housing. 

“Charlotte-Mecklenburg has made progress on ending homelessness by creating collaborative partnerships between the City, County, Charlotte Housing Authority and homeless service providers,” said Mike Rizer, former CMCH board chairman. 

Implementation goals of the Ten-Year Plan include: 1. Getting homeless families and individuals into appropriate and safe permanent housing as soon as possible; 2. Linking chronic homeless to housing, treatment and services through intensive outreach and engagement; and 3. Promoting housing stability for those families and individuals most at-risk of becoming homeless.

Using a recognized national best practice of “housing first,” which centers on providing people experiencing homelessness with housing as quickly as possible, coupled with supportive services that provide case management services, is proving to be a successful model for Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Between 2009 and 2014, overall homelessness dropped by 19 percent. The number of homeless individuals decreased by 40 percent; chronic homelessness decreased 23 percent and homeless veterans decreased 10 percent. Family homelessness increased 57 percent during this timeframe.

“These numbers show we are doing great work but there is still more to be done,” said Ken Szymanski, current CMCH board chairman. “Right now, the resources don’t match the need in our community.”

Carol Morris of the Foundation for the Carolinas prepared the report, which is sponsored by a grant from Wells Fargo.

Forward Movement: Ending and Preventing Homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg is available online at charmeck.org/city/charlotte/nbs/housing/housingcoalition.

Link: http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/nbs/housing/housingcoalition/Pages/default.aspx
Neighborhood Leadership Awards honors local neighborhood champions
Community leaders, City of Charlotte staff and elected officials turned out for the second annual Neighborhood Leadership Awards event on Sept. 27. Held at BB&T Ballpark, the celebration featured networking, panel discussions and the Neighborhood Leadership Awards ceremony.

During the ceremony, awards were presented to neighborhood organizations that made outstanding contributions to the improvement of police-community relations, diversity, transportation choices, sustainability initiatives, and neighborhood improvement projects in Charlotte communities. The following neighborhoods and individual received an award:

• Eastway Sheffield Neighborhood Association -- Community Safety Ambassador Award
• Eastwood Acres -- Embracing Diversity Award
• Bridlewood Community Association -- Good Neighbors Award
• Plaza Midwood -- Moving Charlotte Forward Award
• Grier Heights -- Sustainability Pioneer Award
• Hollis Nixon -- People's Choice Award

Didn't make it to the Ballpark? Check out pictures from the Neighborhood Leadership Awards on the City's Flickr account.  
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NBS helps local business districts
This June, Neighborhood & Business Services' (NBS) Economic Development division awarded funds to several organizations serving Charlotte's older urban business districts.

The Business District Organization Program (BDOP) provides up to $30,000 annually to eligible business organizations to help strengthen and promote targeted commercial corridors. Funding can be used for a variety of purposes such as supporting annual operating expenses, business district marketing & branding, special events & projects, and business district communications.

FreeMoreWest received a $30,000 grant to assist with hosting the 5K on the Greenway, Taste of FreeMore and the Bryant Park Cornhole Tournament events. The grant will also help create a marketing and communication strategy.

Historic West End Partners received a $11,045 grant to host inaugural Art & Soul events, host local businesses at quarterly Business Council meetings, and develop a new website to market the Historic West End community.

Plaza Midwood Merchants received a $10,850 grant to host annual Holiday Central and quarterly Art Crawl events, and develop a merchant map to market businesses in the districts.

Applications for the BDOP program are accepted in April of each year and funds are awarded annually to support the organization’s business district revitalization efforts. For more information about the BDOP program, click here or contact Veronica Williams-Mosley at vmosley@charlottenc.gov.
Link: /city/charlotte/nbs/ed/financialprograms/Pages/BDOP.aspx
Need a Speaker?
The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County have launched the Need a Speaker? program, a one-stop web portal where neighborhood organizations and civic groups can request and book speakers from across City and County departments.

With more than 80 available topics, visitors can gain access to expert speakers on the many programs and services offered by the City and County.

Find out more about the program or request a speaker at needaspeaker.charmeck.org, or by calling (704) 336-2175.
Link: http://needaspeaker.charmeck.org
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