Supportive Housing Innovative Partnership (SHIP)

Away Home

Charlotte cannot house its growing number of homeless families. On any given night, more than 6,000 people have no place to call home. Since 2009, Mecklenburg County has seen a 57% increase in family homelessness, and 4,700 children are registered in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools.

To address this problem, The Salvation Army teamed up with the Charlotte Housing Authority (CHA) and other key community partners in 2011 to offer people a way out of homelessness. The program, called the Supportive Housing Innovative Partnership, or SHIP, provides 60 women and their children up to three years to gain the education and job training they need to earn a living wage and move into permanent housing. After three years of the program, we have served 200 families through SHIP, including almost 600 children. Right now women are enrolled in school and accomplishing goals they never dreamed were possible.

The SHIP Success Story

Since SHIP opened it's doors in 2011, 70% of the program's graduates have gained employment. 85% have obtained permanent housing and 55% have furthered their education.

160 clients have finished the program in less than 3 years.

Community Partners Working Together

Charlotte Housing Authority reserves 60 public housing units in a mixed-income community for homeless families who have graduated from a life-skills program at the Salvation Army Center of Hope shelter.

The Department of Social Services supplies one case manager, child care vouchers, and job training funds.

Central Piedmont Community College teaches on-site GED classes.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools offers its Parent University courses on site.

Volunteers from St. Gabriel and St. Matthew Catholic churches fully furnish each apartment. Additional area churchs offer transporatation to weekend services for spiritual support.

A network of employers sign on to hire eligible SHIP residents.Volunteers provide one-on-one mentoring and workshops on topics like financial literacy.

From Hope to Home

When one family graduates, a unit is made available for another homeless family, and the cycle begins again. By working together as a community, we are changing the lives of hundreds of women and children and breaking the cycle of homelessness.