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​Community Partners Provide Shelter from the Cold


homelessAs frigid temperatures remain in our area, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office (CMEMO), American Red Cross and Mecklenburg County continue to coordinate efforts to assist residents experiencing homelessness. Staff from the County’s Community Support Services Department as well as representatives from the City of Charlotte, American Red Cross and local shelters participated in a conference call with CMEMO to assess the current shelter capacity.

Because current operations and capacity are sufficient to meet the demand and needs of the homeless community, there is no plan or need to open a warming station/emergency overnight shelter at this time.

The following updates were provided during today’s conference call:

  • The Salvation Army, Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and Urban Ministry Center are open during the day to provide a warm place for guests.
  • The Salvation Army, Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and Room in the Inn have increased their capacity for the anticipated arrival of guests this evening.
  • The American Red Cross is providing additional blankets and cots for the shelters to use.
  • The Urban Ministry Center Outreach Team monitors and visits about 50 homeless persons in camps and outdoor situations. Most of them agree to come in to the shelters. Sleeping bags and warmers were provided for those who refused to come.


Most restrictions for admission to the shelters have been waived during the severe cold weather period. CMEMO will continue to monitor weather conditions daily and provide updates as needed. The next conference call is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 4, 11 a.m. to discuss the current process and next steps depending on the latest forecast. For details, contact Peter Safir at 704-641-9173.