Charlotte Aims to Help, House Homeless Veterans
Homeless Veterans in Charlotte are going to get a hand from the country and community that they served for.
Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter on Veterans Day accepted The Mayor’s Challenge to End Veterans’ Homelessness.
This challenge, issued by First Lady Michelle Obama and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, calls for a special effort from residents, landlords and community groups to help veterans find housing.
“Our goal is to end homelessness for all our citizens, including veterans,” Clodfelter says.
The "Housing Our Heroes" initiative began earlier this year, but Clodfelter highlighted it on the holiday that honors those who have served in the armed forces. Clodfelter says the program is designed to help homeless veterans secure safe and affordable housing.
More than 50 veterans in Charlotte have been helped so far. City officials estimate the number of homeless veterans in Charlotte to be more than 200. The goal is to have helped all of these veterans secure housing by the end of 2015.
In Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, this initiative, called "Housing Our Heroes," involves leaders from the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, the Veterans Administration, Charlotte Housing Authority, Charlotte Bridge Home, Community Link, Supportive Housing Communities, Salvation Army, Urban Ministry Center, Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, Alston Wilkes, Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, Family Endeavors and Crisis Assistance Ministry.
How to get or give help
The city of Charlotte has provided a listing of resources for local veterans here.
Charlotte Bridge Home is another local organization working to connect veterans to job opportunities in the area.
Landlords, businesses and community leaders are invited to help in the effort and may learn more about participating here.