Response fund helping families in need

Gregg Watkins
Gregg.Watkins@ci.charlotte.nc.us
4/29/2020
Response fund helping families in need

The COVID-19 Response Fund has raised more than $16 million to support housing, food security and other basic needs of Charlotte families impacted by the coronavirus.

With its contribution of $1 million, the city has partnered with Mecklenburg County, Foundation for the Carolinas, United Way, the faith community, corporations and individuals to support local organizations on the front lines helping families stay safe and healthy.

Housing promotes good health

Keeping families together in stable housing is a priority with the city and an investment in everyone's health.

The homeless are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, often due to underlying health issues and challenging living conditions.

Local non-profit organizations, with the help of the response fund, are stepping in to help. SocialServe is working with landlords renting to families and seniors unable to pay due to the crisis, as well as help homeless families leaving hotels find secure rental housing. Crisis Assistance Ministries has kept more than 1,200 families housed in hotels.  

Shelters operated by Safe Alliance, the Men's Shelter, Salvation Army and others have been able to find alternate housing for residents to reduce shelter populations for social distancing, helping to keep staff, residents and the community healthy.

To help families stay in their homes more than 700 households will receive utility payments to keep the lights on.

Learn how you can help, COVID-19 Response Fund.

If you need assistance with housing, food and other basic needs, call 211 or visit nc211.