CHARLOTTE – Fences currently surround the land that once housed the tent city of Charlotte. Of the 215 people in the county who have moved to hotels, only 58 remain. They must move out by September 30, which has been the county’s deadline for months.
Karen Pelletier, County CSS Director, Housing Strategy, Policy and Alignment, is not worried.
“Everyone will have a place to go,” said Pelletier. “It was definitely a community lift. “
[Hotel stay for ‘Tent City’ homeless extended through September]
Pelletier said the remaining guests will be moved to new hotels thanks to Roof Above and Block Love Charlotte. Catholic Charities also moved 26 people last week to a new hotel.
Guests will stay there until they find a permanent housing solution, as dozens of other former tent city residents have already done.
“It was such a sigh of relief for people to really see them getting back on their feet,” said Pelletier.
“If a person came out of a tent and moved into permanent accommodation, it would be an incredible success,” said Bethany McDonald, program director for Hearts Beat as One.
Hearts Beat As One is a non-profit organization that helps at-risk and marginalized communities in Charlotte. The group has worked tirelessly with former tent city residents over the past few months.
McDonald said she was grateful that so many people are now in better situations.
“Knowing that so many people have received the treatment and the opportunities they deserve is just overwhelming,” she said.
The county said using hotels as a place for the homeless is working well and they will continue to use the strategy in the future. During the commissioning of the hotels, around fifty people chose to leave on their own.
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