Charlotte is thriving, growing by leaps and bounds. Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the country ranking 10th in population growth among U.S. cities with at least 50,000 residents, 2015 census estimates showed. Traffic seems to increase daily and brand new, expensive apartment buildings are going up all over town.
But, if you spend any time driving around Charlotte, especially on North Tryon just blocks from Uptown Charlotte, you will undoubtedly see some of our homeless neighbors. Some of these neighbors have been living on the streets for years (chronically homeless). Others have suffered a series of events that have left no other options for housing. Each situation is different and requires different assistance solutions.
What Does it All Mean?
Whenever there's a discussion of homelessness and the organizations that work to help these people in our community, it's very easy to get lost in a sea of acronyms and terms that seem foreign. We've compiled a list of terms you may see as you learn more about this issue in Charlotte.