Charlotte, N.C. – (Dec. 12, 2019) – Recognizing the critical needs in the community’s current system of homeless services, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) is working with The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte to better serve families experiencing homelessness – particularly intact families and single fathers with children.
Currently, Mecklenburg County’s homeless system is void of sufficient options to keep families together during periods of housing loss. When intact families do seek shelter, fathers must stay at another location while mothers and children are supported at the Center of Hope. Moreover, fathers with children have long been underserved. This new funding will help to fill a critical gap in Charlotte’s Continuum of Care and better serve this growing population.
The Salvation Army Center of Hope currently has three rooms on-site to house intact families or single fathers with children. When all three rooms are occupied, the funds will provide the opportunity to serve additional families through coordination at an extended stay hotel. The goal is immediate shelter and access to resources, followed by placement into permanent housing with support services and case management.
“We realized the importance of keeping families together, especially when they are experiencing crisis,” said Deronda Metz, director of social services for The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. “We are grateful for this funding from Blue Cross NC. We believe this new funding will help us serve up to 50 additional families each year.”
“For most of us, our families are our support and our source of strength.Ensuring that families are able to stay together in the face of difficult circumstances, such as homelessness, goes hand-in-hand with our mission of improving the health and well-being of our communities,” said Jesse Thomas, VP of Medicaid for Blue Cross NC.