City takes action to help most vulnerable
Gregg Watkins
City takes action to help most vulnerable

The Charlotte City Council approved more than $5 million in emergency housing-related funding to help the city's most vulnerable residents endure the economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council's plan focuses on keeping families together in their homes by providing rent and mortgage relief as well as help with security deposits and assistance for transitioning homeless to permanent housing.

The allocations are being made under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

Rent/mortgage relief

Council approved approximately $1.2 million in mortgage relief for 350 low-to-moderate income households earning up to 80 percent of the city's average median income, while $1.05 million in rent relief will be available for an additional 350 households.

"The Charlotte city council is solely focused on doing what is best for the people we serve," said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. "We are working with local, state and national leaders on being there for those most in need."

Security deposits

In addition, the city's plan dedicates more than $1 million to serve up to 700 households to secure housing with a one-time security deposit of up to $1,500 per family.  This program would leverage the work of homeless services providers, including the Men's Shelter of Charlotte and the Salvation Army Women's Shelter, that are working to transition homeless individuals and families into non-supportive permanent housing.

Additional investments

Council included additional funding for people living with AIDS as well as utility deposits for 700 families. 

For more information about housing assistance, call 211 or visit the NC 2-1-1 website.