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
Winter is a magical time of year. When I see snow flurries, I think of making a snowman, skiing in the mountains, or sitting near a warm, crackling fire at home. But not everyone has these same thoughts. Nearly 3,200 people in Mecklenburg County are homeless. Winter to them means cold conditions and the struggle to keep warm and fed.
What can we as a compassionate society do to help our homeless neighbors? Here are a few ideas:Continue Reading
If you asked a government employee what industry they’re in, you might get an answer like “I work in the public sector.” But here in Mecklenburg County, we like to say something a little different. For us, we see ourselves as being in the “people business,” meaning that everything we do revolves around finding ways to improve the lives of the people who live and work here.
One group of people that our Community Support Services (CSS) staff works with on a daily basis is the homeless population. During our annual Point-in-Time Count in 2018, we found that 1,668 people were experiencing homelessness on the night of the count. And while the number of homeless persons has decreased by 16 percent from 2010 to 2018, there’s still a lot of work to do.
Take a look at some of the programs that our Homeless Services Division is involved in.Continue Reading