April 3, 2002
MILLIONS OF FEDERAL DOLLARS AVAILABLE TO
QUALIFYING PROGRAMS THAT HELP THE HOMELESS
Charlotte, NC – Each year, organizations that assist the homeless in Mecklenburg County have an opportunity to apply for federal funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care.
HUD's Continuum of Care for homeless services includes Outreach Intake & Assessment, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing with Supportive Services, and Permanent Housing/Permanent Housing with Supportive Services. Essentially, the goal of the Continuum of Care is to help fund programs that address a variety of factors related to homelessness.
Examples of eligible programs include transitional housing programs, permanent housing for persons with disabilities, supportive services such as street outreach to homeless, case management for homeless, Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation for Single Room Occupancy for Homeless Individuals, and Safe Haven projects for hard to reach homeless who are mentally ill.
The Mecklenburg County Health Department has been responsible for coordinating the Homeless Community Action Plan process since July of 2000.
The Health Department’s Homeless Support Services provides assessments for the homeless and potentially homeless, connecting them with the public assistance programs that they are entitled to. This can range from assistance with rent or utility bills, to placement in jobs, shelters, transitional or permanent housing.
For more information about the Mecklenburg County Health Department’s Homeless Support Services, contact Megan Coffey at 704-334-7288.