Representatives from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office (CMEMO), Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, American Red Cross and local shelters participated in a conference call and news conference today concerning the current homeless shelter capacity.
Due to the extremely cold temperatures, shelters including the Salvation Army, Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and Room in the Inn, have increased their capacity and have additional beds, blankets and cots to support the number of anticipated guests.
Because these community partners have sufficient capacity at the shelters, there is no plan to open a warming station/emergency overnight shelter at this time.
The Salvation Army Center of Hope and Men’s Shelter of Charlotte are open during the day and the evening. The Urban Ministry Center is open during the day and individuals can go there to sign up for Room in the Inn overnight shelter. The Urban Ministry Outreach Team will also continue to visit homeless individuals in camps and outdoor areas to encourage them to come to the shelters and arrange transportation if needed. Sleeping bags will be provided to those who refuse to come.
The shelters are located at the following addresses:
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. Another conference call will be held on Friday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m.
Watch the news conference below.
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