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State of Housing Instability and Homelessness Report


Mecklenburg County, NC –  The 2021 Charlotte-Mecklenburg State of Housing Instability & Homelessness (SoHIH) Report is available now for review. The SoHIH Report is part of the annual Housing Instability & Homelessness report series funded by Mecklenburg County Community Support Services and produced by UNC Charlotte Urban Institute

The 2021 SoHIH Report is a compilation of the latest data on housing instability and homelessness as it pertains to Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The annual report combines local, regional, and national data on the full housing continuum (from housing instability to homelessness), and stable (permanent, affordable) housing. The report also features data from the Point-in-Time Count; housing inventory and rental gaps; Housing Trust Fund; and system performance metrics.  

Each year, the SoHIH report incorporates new data and/or resources to help describe, contextualize, and quantify components along the housing continuum. The features in the 2021 report includes data underscoring the link between housing age and affordability; new information on the systemic & structural causes of housing instability and homelessness; and the impact of COVID-19 on both the capacity of and demand for housing related services in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.  

Other key findings include: 

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the pre-existing problems of homelessness and housing instability, disproportionately impacting minority and low-income households. 
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed housing problems that were hidden prior to the pandemic as well as authorized the allocation of millions of dollars to support households facing both housing instability and homelessness.   
  • The inventory of permanent, affordable housing in Charlotte-Mecklenburg continues to decrease, while the need for permanent, affordable housing increases. There is a 23,022-unit gap of rental units for extremely low-income households  that are at or below 30% of Area Median Income in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. This shortage contributes to the growing number of households experiencing homelessness and housing instability; and households spending longer periods of time in shelter.  

    The SoHIH Report can be used by stakeholders working to address housing instability and homelessness.  

    Stakeholders may use the information in the report to advocate for more permanent, affordable housing in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.  

    To share the key findings and indicate ways to employ the report, Mecklenburg County Community Support Services has also released a community toolkit. The 2021 SoHIH Report and corresponding material can be found on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing & Homelessness Dashboard.