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​Final Homelessness Series Report of the Year Released


Mecklenburg CountyThe final report of 2015 on homelessness and housing stability covers data on the number and characteristics of individuals and households experiencing homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg over the course of a year. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Cumulative Count Report includes data analyzed from 2005 to 2014. Some findings include:

  • From 2005 to 2014, sheltered homelessness increased by 41 percent (1,887 people) and from 2013 to 2014, it increased by 10 percent (602) people.
  • From 2013 to 2014, sheltered homeless households with children increased by 14 percent (232) people.
  • From 2013 to 2014, sheltered veterans decreased by approximately 3.5 percent (17 people).

The local report mirrors the Annual Homeless Assessment Report to the U.S. Congress. The national governing body receives two main sources of information to help make policy and funding decisions around homelessness; one is the Point-in-Time Report which is a snapshot of who is experiencing homelessness on a single day in January and the other is a cumulative count of individuals experiencing sheltered homelessness throughout the year. The recent local report includes information from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Point-in-Time Count report released in May 2015.

“Through review of the change in homelessness over time and the characteristics of the populations experiencing homelessness, Charlotte-Mecklenburg can use data to inform policy and program decisions … to end and prevent homelessness,” said Stacy M. Lowry, director of Mecklenburg County Community Support Services.

The 2014-2015 Housing Instability and Homelessness Report Series is a collection of local reports to help the community make data-informed decisions around homelessness and housing instability. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Urban Institute prepared the report. The Housing Advisory Board of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, a volunteer board appointed by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and the Charlotte City Council, initiated the report. Mecklenburg County Community Support Services provided funding for the report.