homelessness

Lyn Alexis, 25, lives at Gracious Hands with her daughter, Iori, 5.
David Boraks / WFAE

Today, an update on a Charlotte housing story we’ve been following since March in our series "Finding Home."

Gracious Hands is a three-year-old program in northwest Charlotte that helps homeless women and children get back on track and into permanent housing. One of those women is Lyn Alexis, who was living out of her car with her daughter before moving to Gracious Hands.

Cole del Charco / WFAE

The Men’s Shelter of Charlotte near uptown re-opens this weekend after four and a half months of renovation.

Behind the renovations was an immediate need to repair failing infrastructure like piping and ductwork. But the shelter’s director, Liz Clasen-Kelly says there was more to it.

Charlotte Family Housing / Google Maps

Updated Friday, July 6, 2018
Charlotte Family Housing is closing two of its three homeless shelters for the summer as it copes with a loss of funding from the United Way and other sources. 

Nine Charlotte human service programs are scrambling to replace more than $500,000 in funding cut last month by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

A rendering of the renovated Men's Shelter of Charlotte on North Tryon Street.
Men's Shelter of Charlotte

The last people at the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte on North Tryon Street left the building Tuesday so long-sought renovations could begin, starting a four-month period in which homeless men will have to seek other out other shelter locations across the city.

Adam Calderone of Urban Ministry Center's outreach team talks to a homeless man on South Tryon Street Wednesday.
David Boraks / WFAE

An estimated 1,400 people are homeless in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Finding them is the biggest challenge for those who provide shelter and other services. That job falls to the outreach staff from the Urban Ministry Center -- a sort of emergency response team. WFAE's David Boraks rode along on Wednesday as they checked on homeless people uptown.

The city of Charlotte won’t be removing benches from uptown to try to address homelessness… at least not for now. The the group that came up with the idea withdrew its request to the city.


Homeless In The Storm

Feb 14, 2014
Ben Bradford / WFAE

During this week’s snowstorm, officials repeated one piece of advice more than any other: stay home. But not everyone has a home.

WFAE’s Ben Bradford visited a Red Cross warming center where nearly 200 people spent the night Wednesday, and then had to leave.


162 Homeless People Housed In 100 Days

Sep 23, 2013

Nonprofit and government agencies serving the homeless population in Charlotte have quietly accelerated their efforts in the last three months – aiming to house 100 people in 100 days.  They exceeded that goal.


Moore Place

On a busy stretch of 7th Street in the Elizabeth neighborhood Thursday night, William Larry Major stepped into the road, was struck by a car and died.

Almost instantly, Charlotte Facebook and Twitter accounts were awash in messages honoring the man known to many as "Chilly Willy."

A quick search on YouTube yields a taste of the fondness Chilly Willy inspired in people: wild-haired and tattooed, breaking into song, as he engaged people on street corners.

"These walls and bars are surrounding me! Chilly Willy wants to be free!," he sings in one clip.