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8 sobering stats about Charlotte’s homeless problem

The Story

A coalition made of government, businesses, nonprofits and churches announced this week they plan to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.

The Facts – The coalition wants to raise $11 million to build special housing for those people who continually find themselves living on the streets or in camps. – The housing would be similar to Moore Place, which houses chronically homeless and wraps them with services to keep them off the streets.

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The Numbers

4,700: Number of homeless children enrolled in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

270: Number of beds at the Center of Hope, which caters to women and children. It’s often over-capacity.

10%: Percentage of chronically homeless in Charlotte, about 450 people

50%: Percentage of homeless resources the chronically homeless utilize

$40,000: Cost each homeless person on the street costs in community care

$14,000: Cost of caring for that same person in supportive housing

12%: Guests at the Men’s Shelter who are military veterans

32,128: Number of low-income people who filled out applications in just five days to get on the waiting list for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. About 400 get vouchers a year.

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C5’s Take

Get involved. Some great places to get started: The Urban Ministry Center (gateway help spot for city’s homeless), Salvation Army Center of Home (women and children), Men’s Shelter, Charlotte Family Housing and A Child’s Place (assists homeless children in CMS).

Photos: John D Simmons & Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer