Last week’s blog mentioned some “ch-ch-ch-ch-changes” coming to the Building Bridges blog post, including the impending arrival of two new anchor posts. Today’s blog marks the release of the first of the two: the new “State of Housing” monthly update for Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
With a new look and format, this monthly update consists of two components: a high-level summary of the latest data and trends on housing instability, homelessness, and affordable housing; and a curated list of relevant housing-related news and research from the previous month. Together, these items are intended to keep all stakeholders in the community informed about both the challenges and solutions related to addressing the problems of housing instability and homelessness.
This week’s blog post describes the current state of housing in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, and what this means for the community.
WHAT HAS CHANGED? THE STATE OF HOUSING, THIS MONTH
This new format provides a high-high-level overview of the trends and latest numbers regarding the demand for affordable housing (which translates to housing instability and homelessness); and the supply of affordable housing in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. More information, including other analysis and data, is provided available by clicking the links below.
READ THIS: A CURATED LIST OF HOUSING-RELATED NEWS, POLICY & RESEARCH
This new feature offers a curated list of news, stories, data and research collected during the previous month that illustrate relevant challenges as well as solutions regarding housing instability, homelessness and affordable housing. All items are accompanied by a summary of what it is and why it matters; and links are provided to learn more information.
The issues of housing instability and homelessness continue to grow. Especially as pandemic-focused initiatives to stabilize housing come to an end. That’s not news for Charlotte-Mecklenburg (or the other communities around the United States). COVID aside, it’s been this way for a while; it’s getting worse; and, we have the data to prove it.
Luckily, we also have solutions to chart a new path forward. Communities like Mountain View, spotlighted above, are finding creative ways to do more by doing things differently (and collaboratively). Charleston hasn’t closed the gap yet but is using its new Dashboard to keep the broader community abreast of its progress. This, in turn, engages residents in the process. And new research on predictive modeling can help Continuums of Care better prioritize their existing resources for the households who most need it.
Reviewing the current state of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, including context and trends, is key to understanding the size of the problem that individuals and families in our community face. Scanning the country for initiatives, data points, research, and analysis provides ideas, food for thought, and support for the work that Charlotte-Mecklenburg must do to support these households in need. This new anchor post series, by blending these two, will help frame the issue and the possible responses, in order for Charlotte-Mecklenburg to provide A Home for All.
Courtney LaCaria coordinates posts on the Building Bridges Blog. Courtney is the Housing & Homelessness Research Coordinator for Mecklenburg County Community Support Services. Courtney’s job is to connect data on housing instability, homelessness and affordable housing with stakeholders in the community so that they can use it to drive policy-making, funding allocation and programmatic change.