One of the non-profits that provides transitional housing in Charlotte is the Friendship Community Development Corporation. They oversee a few different apartment units and homes in the city and Mecklenburg County. Not only will temporary housing units be available, but clients can receive case management and information on financial aid and basic needs.
My Sisters House is a Transitional Living Center that is offered for homeless women. It is located at 3239 Beatties Ford Road. The program will provide housing for single homeless women. It is located in a safe and affordable environment.
MSH will also provide those who stay there with resources to improve financial health, mental and physical health and more. The non-profit will also arrange for some legal and medical care if needed. Job type programs include GED and job training certificate programs. The goal is to give people the tools needed to become self-sufficient and end their homelessness over the long term.
The long term goal of My Sisters House is to provide permanent housing for single homeless women. So case managers from Friendship Community Development can direct individuals to funds to pay their rent, security deposits, and other financial support. Additional resources include financial literacy, life skill classes, individual and group counseling. The homeless in Charlotte can also get access to medical care through community partnerships.
The women who use the transitional housing resources work with counselor to develop individual development plans to address the issues that led to the homelessness. Staff will try to work with clients to remove the barriers that prevent self sufficiency.
Friendship Gardens is focused on ending homelessness one family and person at a time. Staff work with clients to produce responsible homeowners and coordinate affordable housing. It is a multi-unit family project for the Mecklenburg County region. The project consists of a few buildings, each with multiple apartments.
Great Things is a thrift store type facility that is run by Friendship Community Development. The site operates as a resale boutique. It has created jobs and generates revenue for the support of the non-profit programs. So money raised from the sale of goods is used to pay for transitional housing, emergency rent, and other programs.
Not only is the site involved in raising money, but the center provides donated clothing and free household items to those in need in the community. So if someone is moving into a new home in the Charlotte region and if they meet low income and other guidelines, they may receive free goods.
Sweet Creations builds sustainable solutions to end hunger, poverty and homelessness through job training, food education, meal distribution and social enterprise. Sweet Creations is a Friendship Community Development Corporation culinary program and is used to develop and educate individuals about affordable healthy choices. It does this by both teaching and enhancing culinary job skills through a rigorous job training program. It can also feed the homeless by providing daily food service for the residents of My Sister’s House (see above). The purpose of the Sweet Creations program is to educate, train and raise funds for the operations of these Charlotte transitional housing programs.
Not only that, but Sweet Creations also runs an internship for the residents of My Sisters House to learn a skill or gain employment that will allow them to eventually defeat homelessness. The internship provides clients with an introduction to life in a commercial kitchen and also the culinary arts.
For more information on housing programs, call the Friendship Community Development Corporation at 3301 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte North Carolina 28216. The non-profit can be reached at 704-200-2807.
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