Here’s the Situation:
The winter 2009 Point-In-Time/Community Homeless Count estimated counts of 6,550 people in the Charlotte – Mecklenburg area are homeless. Over half of the total number includes families; more than a third are children.

As of March 1, 2009, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) reported that 3,050 students are homeless. This is a 17% increase over the previous month and a 39% increase since January 2008. By June, 2009, it is expected that the number of CMS students who are homeless will exceed 3,500. United Way supports the Salvation Army Center of Hope, the only emergency shelter for women and children in Charlotte. As the economy worsens, the number of calls and walk-ins has increased dramatically.

A Child’s Place a United Way agency, projects that it will serve 1,500 homeless children, up 9% from the 1,372 served in 2008 – with a startling increase in the basic needs of children, such as food.

Drop Off Sites:

  • Monday, June 22nd 8:00 am to 5:00 pm – The Plaza at Two Wachovia Center, 301 South Tryon
  • Tuesday, June 23rd 8:00 am to 5:00 pm – Macy’s Parking Lot, Morrison Blvd (South Park)
  • Wednesday, June 24th 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – South Tryon and Independence Plaza (Bank of America building)
  • Thursday, June 25th 8:00 am to 5:00 pm – Carolinas HealthCare System, Corner of Morehead amp; Kenilworth
  • Friday, June 26th 8:00 am to 5:00 pm – United Way building, 301 South Brevard Street

Needs List:

  • Men: toiletry items, new towels and wash cloths, new underwear (briefs in sizes Large -6XL) shower shoes and new socks
  • Women: toiletry items, shower shoes, disposable diapers in all sizes, baby wipes, 60 gallon trash bags (to carry clothes)

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