County social workers will staff the HRC from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on these dates, and volunteers will help provide services at the County-owned building at 618 N. College Street in Charlotte.
Water and snacks will be available. Regularly scheduled meal services will be provided on Sunday morning, and an evening dinner meal will be provided Monday through Thursday by area ministries, volunteers and nonprofit organizations.
The HRC opened in March 2011 to provide an indoor space with tables, seating and clean restrooms for the ministries and service groups who had been feeding the homeless outside in the areas of Phifer Street and the County's Hal Marshall Center. The HRC normally operates after hours and on weekends when other homeless services are unavailable.
"This will ensure homeless persons have a safe, clean, air conditioned place to go during the peak days of the DNC event, if needed," Peter Safir, homeless services director for Mecklenburg County, said.
The Center has also served as the cooling and heating location for extreme temperature days which might threaten the health of persons who are homeless. The HRC opened six days this summer as a cooling station, with Mecklenburg County Community Support Services employees, Red Cross volunteers and County security providing staffing.
The HRC will resume the normal operating hours of 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7.