The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing & Homelessness Dashboard released today provides the community access to a one-stop-resource for information, data and stories on housing and homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
In addition to highlighting important statistics on housing instability, the Housing & Homelessness Dashboard reveals new data on the community’s efforts to end and prevent homelessness. The data, referred to as System Performance Measures, provides a comprehensive picture of the effectiveness and efficiency of the homeless services system. The measures include how many people enter and leave homelessness, how long people remain homeless and whether people return to homelessness after they find housing. Looking at the data in one place can help stakeholders know if they need to make changes and understand the impact of those changes on other parts of the system.
The latest data shows successes and challenges for the homeless services system. The percentage of people who moved from homelessness to housing increased by 13 percent from the previous year. Over 80 percent of people who moved to permanent housing did not return to homelessness. At the same time, the length of stay for people experiencing homelessness in emergency shelter increased from the previous year and most people who exited to housing did not increase their income; an important indicator for long-term sustainability.
In partnership with Mecklenburg County Community Support Services, who provided funding for the project, the Housing & Homelessness Dashboard was developed by UNC Charlotte’s Urban Institute. The project was originally envisioned by the Housing Advisory Board of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
The Housing & Homelessness Dashboard is designed to engage a variety stakeholders including elected officials, policy-makers, funders, service providers, people with lived experience, media outlets and the general community. This dashboard is intended for anyone to access and use to make data-driven decisions around housing and homelessness in the community.
Initial features include data on progress to end homelessness, stories on emerging issues in housing and homelessness, a blog that offers local data analysis, and a repository for local, regional and national reports. The Housing & Homelessness Dashboard will continue to grow; integrating new data on homelessness, housing instability and affordable housing so that the community is equipped to make research-informed decisions to end homelessness and increase affordable housing throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
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