The Charlotte City Council and County Commission has tasked the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing with overseeing the implementation of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Ten Year Plan (TYP) to End and Prevent Homelessness.
The Ten Year Plan focuses on three primary goals:
- Housing – Get homeless families and individuals into appropriate and safe permanent housing as soon as possible.
- Outreach and Engagement – Link chronic homelessness to housing, treatment and services through intensive outreach and engagement.
- Prevention – Promote housing stability for those families and individuals most as risk of becoming homeless.
The Coalition was established as a joint effort by local government to include the development of housing, often referenced as “bricks and mortar” with social services needed by families and individuals as they move from homelessness to permanent housing.
To accomplish this task, the Coalition will work with service providers and the community to determine a comprehensive and deliberate strategy for moving from homelessness to permanent housing. The Coalition will look at national best practices, analyze data and recommend priorities for programs to the governing Boards. The Coalition is also responsible for recommending priority areas for the use of housing bonds to City Council.
The Coalition will provide an annual report the City Council, County Commission and the community.
Community Engagement & Advocacy Committee
This committee is charged with education, advocacy and partnerships to further the goal for Charlotte-Mecklenburg to be a regional and national leader on homelessness and affordable housing issues; developing and executing a plan for community support and partnerships; increasing public awareness, decreasing resistance to the TYP and fostering larger community-wide commitment; acting as the advocate for the TYP; engaging local, state and federal legislative bodies; joining associations with the same purpose to further the implementation of the TYP.
Research & Evaluation Committee
This committee is charged with developing data for decision-making; defining the scope of the affordable housing problem and the capacity for change; recommending strategies for implementation of the TYP; recommending system changes in support of the strategy; establishing best practices and joining with other professional research cohorts and developing regular reports to the City and County Commission on the TYP strategy and the Coalition actions.
Continuum of Care (CoC) Committee
This committee is charged with planning and coordinating funding for services and housing to assist homeless individuals and families. It is responsible for carrying out all the activities specified in the CoC Interim Rule which include homeless system coordination, conducting a point-in-time count of homeless persons in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, conducting an annual gaps analysis of the homeless needs and services, providing information to complete a Consolidated Plan, Emergency Solutions Grant consultation, operating a Homeless Management Information System, preparing and overseeing the development and submission of an annual application for CoC program funds, operating a coordinated assessment system and monitoring and evaluating program performance.