homelessness

The city of Charlotte won’t be removing benches from uptown to try to address homelessness… at least not for now. The the group that came up with the idea withdrew its request to the city.


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.


Moore Place

On a busy stretch of 7th Street in the Elizabeth neighborhood Thursday night, William Larry Major stepped into the road, was struck by a car and died.

Almost instantly, Charlotte Facebook and Twitter accounts were awash in messages honoring the man known to many as "Chilly Willy."

A quick search on YouTube yields a taste of the fondness Chilly Willy inspired in people: wild-haired and tattooed, breaking into song, as he engaged people on street corners.

"These walls and bars are surrounding me! Chilly Willy wants to be free!," he sings in one clip.