In response to the continued community need for permanent, affordable housing, Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte are partnering to shift the management of the Continuum of Care (CoC) from the City to the County.
The work of the CoC is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending and preventing homelessness as well as providing funding, oversight, planning and evaluation of housing-related services. The CoC boundaries extend beyond the City of Charlotte to include all of Mecklenburg County. This community change will enable both the City and County to maximize their individual strengths as well as promote coordination across the housing continuum, helping more individuals and families access and sustain housing.
The need for more permanent, affordable housing has continued to grow in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Over 75,000 renter households in Charlotte-Mecklenburg face housing instability because they are cost-burdened, spending more than 30% of their household income on rent and utilities. Households earning below 30% of area median income are disproportionately impacted: over 90% of extremely low-income renter households in Mecklenburg County are cost burdened. The City of Charlotte reports a deficit of 22,000 housing units for residents who are at or below 30% of Area Median Income (AMI). The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County believe that to effectively and efficiently address housing instability and homelessness requires leadership, collaboration and coordination across public and private sectors.
The City of Charlotte has served as the lead entity for the Continuum of Care (CoC) during which time the funding for permanent housing has increased, a landlord consortium was created and Coordinated Entry was implemented. Mecklenburg County has partnered with the City of Charlotte during this time to carry out, and in some instances, lead required CoC activities, including the Point-in-Time Count, the Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS) and the Notice of Funding Application (NOFA) each year. Mecklenburg County also provides supportive services funding paired with housing assistance, safety net services, and funding and infrastructure to collect data and connect research on housing and homelessness to stakeholders in the community. In 2018, the Charlotte-Meckenburg (CoC) was awarded over $4M, including over $100,000 to completing additional planning work in the community. The City of Charlotte is committed to continue the work to increase access to and availability of affordable housing throughout Charlotte. This includes leveraging the increased capacity of the Housing Trust Fund and new collaboration with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).
The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County believe that it is vital that there be one entity to lead the CoC, overseeing the work to end and prevent homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Mecklenburg County is uniquely positioned to lead this effort. The City will focus on what it does best: physical infrastructure, hard services, and the built environment; Mecklenburg County can optimize its strengths and stay true to its mission, focusing on supporting and serving the residents of Mecklenburg County.
The City of Charlotte will serve as the Collaborative Applicant during the FY2019 CoC NoFA process. All information about the FY2019 CoC NoFA is located on the City of Charlotte webpage, located here.
CoC Meetings generally take place every other month on the second Wednesday from 2pm to 3:30pm at Hope Haven (3815 N. Tryon Street). CoC meetings are open to the public. In addition, special CoC meetings may be scheduled related to the funding application and/or transition process. As new meetings are scheduled, they will be posted below. Beginning June 3, a full list of meetings for all CoC-related activities including Coordinated Entry Oversight and Sub-committees can be accessed here.
New information will be added here; please check back for updates.
To access a list of frequently asked questions about the CoC changes, please click here.
For questions, email: CharMeckCoC@mecknc.gov.