One of the more common questions we’ve heard throughout the pandemic is, “How are you protecting our homeless population?” That’s a great question. When COVID-19 hit Mecklenburg County, we already had a team in place. They’re our Homeless Services division in the Community Support Services (CSS) department and it’s been around for years. Employees help connect people who are homeless, or about to become homeless, to community resources and services that fit their needs. They immediately started working with community partners on a plan to make sure our neighbors in need could find support.Continue Reading
Want to time travel with us? We’re looking into the future at what Mecklenburg County Park & Rec can and should look like 10-15 years from now! In our office it’s called the comprehensive master plan, but you’ll see us calling it “Meck Playbook” in the community because it’s essentially our playbook for the next several years. The best part? YOU get to be a part of it.Continue Reading
For Bruce Williams, working in government is a family affair. He’s in the third generation of people in his family who have worked in civil service. Some family members were police and fire department employees, including an uncle who was a first responder on 9/11. Others worked in housing authorities, public transit and the military.Continue Reading
Every 10 years, the government counts everyone who lives in the United States — everyone. It was written into the Constitution and we’ve been doing it ever since. It’s called the census.
The 2020 Census is special because it’s the first time you can respond online. By now, you should have received something in the mail. But if you haven’t or you lost it, don’t worry you can go here to take it.Continue Reading
There are so many different issues you might have. And some of them, we can help you with. 😊 Get involved… problem solved! Well maybe it’s not quite that simple but you definitely don’t have to suffer in silence. We can’t do anything about getting your trash picked up (you have to contact your city or town for that). We also don’t manage the court system or the sheriff’s office. But with 21 County departments, there is a LOT we can help you with!Continue Reading
Written by Tori Jercich, Air Quality Specialist
It is officially ozone season! What does that mean exactly? Well, as you may recall from a science class way-back-when:
“Ozone forms in the air when nitrogen oxides react with…”
You know what? It’s okay if you don’t remember the science behind it. The main takeaway is that ozone can degrade air quality and cause health problems. So, what does that mean for you?Continue Reading
Spend a little time learning more about the County and some of the resources in our 21 departments without leaving your home. If you’ve never been on a digital scavenger hunt, here’s how it goes. Follow the clues to track down info about some of the best of what Mecklenburg County has to offer. How many can you figure out without looking at the key? No peeking!Continue Reading
Written by the Public Health Department
Healthy can mean different things for different people. We know healthy eating should include a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. But for thousands of people in our community, finding those foods is a challenge. You may have a neighbor, a friend, a coworker who is food insecure. It could be because they don’t have enough money for fresh vegetables. Or maybe they live in a food desert, which is a neighborhood with low access to healthy and affordable food.Continue Reading
By now you’ve probably heard the news: we’re in the middle of a global pandemic. That means physical health is taking the spotlight, but it’s important to pay attention to our mental health too. As routines and lives shift, it’s natural to experience stress and anxiety.
How you manage that stress depends on many personal and situational factors. But there are common signs that stress and anxiety may be getting the best of you.Continue Reading