Matthew Woitunski (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The number of homeless people in Charlotte appears to be on the decline. Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s annual count of homeless people this year shows 9 percent fewer people are living in shelters and on the streets than last year.

Nick de la Canal for WFAE News

Temperatures dropped into the low 20s Saturday night, adding a thick crust of ice onto the slush and sleet that already fell during this weekend’s winter storm. Across the city, homeless people sought refuge from the ice and freezing temperatures at night.

Matt Daniels, director of Room in the Inn and community engagement at the Urban Ministry Center, says several churches, YMCAs, and two colleges, Davidson and Queens, were increasing the number of beds available to make sure everyone had shelter during the storm.


The use of homeless shelters is rising much faster in Mecklenburg County than it is nationally. UNC Charlotte released a report today showing that stark contrast, but county officials say the increase may not be a bad thing.

Duncan McFadyen

A count of chronically homeless people in Charlotte this year turned up 516 people in need of help. For three days in January, a couple hundred volunteers fanned out to search streets, parks, shelters, hospitals, jails and homeless camps. Among the people they found was Al Gorman, living in a tent in Huntersville. Since then, the Urban Ministry Center has helped him find a place to live.

Duncan McFadyen

Volunteers hit the streets of uptown Charlotte last week to count the number of homeless people in the city. It’s part of an annual, nationwide count. But in Charlotte this year, organizers expanded the count from 24 hours to three days. Their goal is to identify homeless people who need the most help. 

Gwendolyn Glenn

Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center is heading a coalition that aims to raise nearly $12 million to house 450 chronically homeless people within two years. 

Sarah Delia

An organization in Charlotte is trying to help the homeless in a different way. Speak Up Magazine is a group that gives people living on the streets not just a job, but a chance to tell their story.

Tasnim Shamma

The Charlotte Housing Authority opened its waitlist for Section 8 housing for the first time in seven years and it has already received more than 10,000 applications.

Homeless In The Storm

Feb 14, 2014
Ben Bradford / WFAE

During this week’s snowstorm, officials repeated one piece of advice more than any other: stay home. But not everyone has a home.

WFAE’s Ben Bradford visited a Red Cross warming center where nearly 200 people spent the night Wednesday, and then had to leave.

162 Homeless People Housed In 100 Days

Sep 23, 2013

Nonprofit and government agencies serving the homeless population in Charlotte have quietly accelerated their efforts in the last three months – aiming to house 100 people in 100 days.  They exceeded that goal.