Eviction prevention and rehousing programs across Mecklenburg County help people on the path from homelessness to permanent housing placement. Advocates from non-profits across the city of Charlotte and nearby communities work with each guest to resolve the situations that precipitated homelessness whenever possible. Low-income individuals and families can access support services along with temporary financial aid for their housing needs.
Services are available to families that have been evicted as well as currently homeless people that are in local Charlotte shelters. The agencies in the region all combine resources in an effort to end homelessness in the community. The various programs administered are as below.
Rapid Re-Housing is available as a short term rental assistance (1-6 months at most) program. The funds are limited, come with qualifications, and only a small number of applicants will be found qualified. It was created in an effort to help people that are experiencing homelessness or that were recently evicted in Mecklenburg County.
Based on need and the funding levels, there may be financial help for lease application fees, short-term rental assistance, utilities or water bills, and moving costs. In some cases, a portion of a security deposit can be paid in an effort to help clients transition into permanent housing. All of Rapid Re-Housing is combined with follow up supportive services, such as realistic goal setting, identifying and accessing appropriate affordable housing in the community and other special needs.
Outreach Legal Services is provided in Mecklenburg County that are part of Legal Aid Society. Lawyers as well as their teams of paralegal offer the services and advice that is often needed by homeless and high risk adults and families. There are tools used to stop evictions as well as legal support to help people access and succeed in permanent housing. Some services that are arranged include representation, transportation, and legal case coordination. All of this and more are provided to clients under the Federally funded program in an effort to stop homelessness.
Only civil legal issues are dealt with, such as housing. In some cases a tenant will need to pay a portion of their bill, but some individuals (such as senior citizens or the disabled) may be eligible for free advice as the result of the federal grant process.
Mecklenburg County Family Resettlement Services are available to guests of transitional housing apartments or local shelters. This program is even for people living in motels or clients of the local department of social services.
It will stress tackling the challenges that lead to homelessness, and a holistic approach is taken to address the situation that lead to the eviction/foreclosure. Case managers that are part of Family Resettlement work with community based human services providers, such as the United Way and charities including the Salvation Army. Since the process address the root cause of the hardship, then it also incorporates job skill training, free counseling, entitlements such as section 8 and budgeting classes. There are also eviction prevention programs for people abusing substances or those with mental health issues.
The disabled can also seek help from Supportive Housing for Individuals and Families in Transition. This is for the vulnerable in Mecklenburg County (such as disabled, single mothers, or mentally ill) that are either experiencing chronic homelessness or a history of evictions. The service will give preference to applicants experiencing homelessness with a source of income or that have implemented steps to address their crisis.
Supportive Housing will also help the client maintain permanent housing. This stresses increasing income through employment, or helping people budget properly for their monthly rent and living expenses. When needed, services will help the vulnerable client transition to other permanent housing in Charlotte North Carolina when feasible.
Any form of eviction help, or rehousing for that matter, is always combined with Follow-up Care. This is where the tenant will be put into touch with long-term solutions for their housing crisis. Follow Up is paid for using HUD grants or partners such as the United Way.
Advocates from across the Mecklenburg County are involved in coordinating in-home case management services. Agencies such as Community Link and Charlotte Family Housing help coordinate this. This can last for weeks or months, and it will help the client in maintaining their housing and breaking a cycle of homelessness. It will help people maintain their current home or apartment.
For more information, call 1.888.892.1162. The tenant will be referred to some type of agency for their specific needs.
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