The idea for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing & Homelessness Dashboard was born when the Housing Advisory Board of Charlotte-Mecklenburg saw a need to collect and use data on housing instability, homelessness and affordable housing in Charlotte-Mecklenburg in order to inform and guide community efforts around this work. The Housing Advisory Board of Charlotte-Mecklenburg is a community-based board to which members are appointed by the Mayor, City Council and the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. The goal of the Housing Advisory Board of Charlotte-Mecklenburg is to educate, advocate, engage and partner with community stakeholders to prevent and end homelessness and ensure a sufficient supply of affordable housing throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
The Housing & Homelessness Dashboard enables the community to be able to use data in order to drive decisions and understand impact. It serves as a one-stop-resource for housing and homelessness information, featuring outputs, outcomes, stories as well as information on local initiatives, a weekly blog offering analysis on local data, and a repository for local and national research.
The Housing & Homelessness Dashboard is designed to engage a variety of stakeholders including elected officials, policy-makers, funders, service providers, people with lived experience, media outlets and the general community. Where possible, context and definitions definitions are included to help all stakeholders understand the data and information presented. Tools will continue to be added to help different stakeholder groups maximize the information presented to meet their respective needs and interests.
Information that is featured on the Housing & Homelessness Dashboard originates from several sources. The progress measures on homelessness are generated from the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Prior to release on the Housing & Homelessness Dashboard, the progress measures are reviewed and analyzed by a local reports committee and are approved by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Continuum of Care. Data contained in the Data Snapshot are from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Point-in-Time Count. Local data on housing instability and affordable housing in Charlotte-Mecklenburg will also continue to be added to the Housing & Homelessness Dashboard.