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September 25, 2009


DSS Announces New Housing Assistance Programs

Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services announces three new housing assistance programs designed to enhance citizens’ ability to secure or maintain safe housing while gaining self sufficiency.

These programs are funded by grants awarded to DSS and collaborative local partners by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. DSS will collaborate with these partners to provide referrals to the DSS Housing Resource Coordinator for existing customers who meet the program requirements. These programs would be available to families and seniors in three key areas as listed below:

  1. Rental Subsidy Program for Families
    Reflects a new collaborative model designed to help DSS families achieve self-sufficiency by providing rental subsidies and social work services for up to two years. Families would initially receive a rental subsidy to move into safe housing. The social worker would assist the family as they worked to secure gainful employment. Once rental and employment barriers were removed, families would gradually increase payment toward their rent and receive progressively less subsidy.

  2. Family Unification/Housing Choice Voucher Program
    Collaborative partnership between DSS and the Charlotte Housing Authority to provide Housing Choice Vouchers to child welfare-involved families for whom the lack of affordable housing is a significant factor in the removal of children or threatens the separation of children from their homes.

  3. Senior Rehabilitation Grant Program
    Collaborative partnership between DSS and the City’s Neighbor & Business Services Department to administer grants to eligible seniors and disabled adults for repairs and alterations to their homes, thereby improving their quality of life and enabling them to maintain their independence and remain safe in their homes.
For more information, please contact Social Services Director Mary Wilson at 704-336-6279 or email.


Foster Parent Education Summit


Mecklenburg County DSS is collaborating with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) to host the first Foster Parent Education Summit. This summit will provide foster parents an opportunity to work with CMS and DSS staff to improve the educational outcomes for children in the foster care system. CMS’s Parent University and DSS staff will provide training opportunities and resources to improve foster parents’ ability to care for their children.

The Foster Parent Education Summit will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2009, at Phillip O. Berry High School, 1430 Alleghany St., Charlotte.

For more information, please contact Social Services Director Mary Wilson at 704-336-6279 or email.


- Harry L. Jones, Sr., County Manager


Tuesday, October 6
  • 3pm, Criminal Justice Committee, 11th Floor Conference Rm, CMGC
  • 4:45pm, Dinner Meeting with German Delegation, Rm 280
  • 6pm, Regular Meeting, Chamber

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