|Charles Bowman, Bank of America||Jada Grandy-Mock, Fifth/Third||Mike Rizer, Ally|
|Laura Clark, United Way of Central Carolinas||Darlene Heater, University City Partners||Carol Sawyer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education|
|Brian Collier, Foundation For The Carolinas||Michael Marsicano, Foundation For the Carolinas||Michael Smith, Charlotte Center City Partners|
|Malcolm Graham, Charlotte City Council, District 4||Moira Quinn, Charlotte Center City Partners||Earnest Winston, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools|
CONTEXT & MORE INFORMATION
In response to COVID-19, communities are developing strategic housing and homelessness plans that integrate public health promotion with economic recovery. Prevention is key to protecting the community and ensuring housing stability. The 2019 report released by Mecklenburg County, Launch Upstream: Homelessness Prevention in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, provides the community with a comprehensive look at the overall prevention assistance system. According to the report, “prevention” is defined as a category of assistance that targets households facing housing instability who have not yet lost their housing. Using this definition, prevention assistance exists on a continuum; assistance can be administered prior to the loss of housing as well as after households exit into permanent housing to help them sustain it. Prevention includes three tiers of assistance: community-wide interventions aimed at changing systems and structures that perpetuate housing instability; cross-sector collaboration and coordination to reduce the prevalence of homelessness; and targeted interventions including financial and legal assistance to help households maintain their housing.
In Charlotte-Mecklenburg, there is currently no overarching strategy or evaluation framework for prevention assistance. Multiple organizations provide a range of prevention activities, but there is no coordinated effort to align prevention resources to match the needs of the population at risk of experiencing homelessness The work of “Evaluate Upstream: Optimizing the Homelessness Prevention Assistance System In Charlotte-Mecklenburg” will result in the development of an overall evaluation methodology and framework to enable an informed and nimble approach to adjusting prevention strategies and activities.
To learn more about the project, including goals and activities, a summary document is provided via this link. Additional information and questions can be directed to Courtney Lacaria at Courtney.LaCaria@mecklenburgcountync.gov.