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A Look At Charlotte-Mecklenburg's Housing And Homelessness Plan

homeless camp under bridge
Jesse Steinmetz
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WFAE

The coronavirus pandemic has put the spotlight on Charlotte's housing and homelessness problems.

Despite adding shelter space and increasing efforts to provide permanent housing, an average of 3,000 people in Mecklenburg County are still experiencing homelessness every night.

The most visible sign of the problem was the "Tent City" near uptown Charlotte that appeared as the pandemic worsened last year. The county eventually moved more than 200 of those residents into temporary housing at hotels, and that program has been extended through the end of September.

But local officials are still working on permanent solutions, and there's a new effort by government and private organizations to develop a five-year plan to address housing and homelessness in Mecklenburg County.

Guests:

Courtney Lacaria, housing and homelessness research coordinator for Mecklenburg County Community Support Services

Karen Pelletier, division director of Housing Strategy, Innovation and Alignment for Mecklenburg County

James Lee, peer counselor at the Stan Greenspon Center and former homeless Charlotte resident

Liz Clasen-Kelly, CEO of Roof Above

Charlotte Talks Executive Producer Wendy Herkey has been with WFAE since 1998, beginning in the membership department, and has been on the Charlotte Talks staff since 1999.