In Charlotte, invisible homeless people are hiding in hotels and motels.
In many cases, couples and families crowd in these places after a recent eviction or financial problems that make it difficult to rent elsewhere.
Even though they are working, they are often unable to save for the first and last month’s rent plus a security deposit for an apartment. To have a roof, many turn to hotels that rent by the day, week or month.
Getting help from charities is one way to help motel dwellers break the cycle of what appears to be a dead end situation.
A revolving group of students has been a source of opportunity, kindness and service to families in need.
Each month, these amazing students join a collaboration of organizations to provide clothing, food, reading materials, and social service resources to residents of a motel in the Hidden Valley community in Charlotte.
“We want to do our part to try to improve lives and strengthen our community,” said Veronica Washington, community engagement coordinator for Northside Baptist Church.
Members of Wingate University’s Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity were some of the smiling faces welcoming the residents of the motel.
This neighborhood collaboration with Northside Baptist Church originally began to help students identified under the McKinney-Vento Act.
McKinney-Vento is a federal law that ensures that children and youth who do not have permanent housing can attend school and preschool.
Stress, uncertainty and feelings of shame are overwhelming and affect the mental health and physical well-being of families.
Charlotte faced an affordable housing crisis before COVID-19. The situation only became more difficult for those who lost their jobs, saw their incomes reduced or suffered a health crisis due to the pandemic. Many now find themselves on the verge of homelessness.
The need for help in Caroline’s communities continues to grow due to the financial ramifications of the coronavirus.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges for our communities across the country, but this partnership is easing the burden on some students and families.
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