It is difficult to look at the modern skyline of Charlotte, NC and not see prosperity. Yet, in the midst of all the shiny new buildings and clean sidewalks, Charlotte is home to many families. North Carolina Childcare Coalition of Charlotte, NC is a dedicated group of volunteers and local experts who are engaged in helping these families. As an organization, we marshal existing local resources to provide for needy families in Charlotte, NC as they work to get back on their feet. Using our Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) we provide temporary child care, donated goods, and services to struggling families in our area.
What We Do
To offer shelter, support and compassion to homeless families through the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) with the goal of enabling participating families to obtain self-sufficiency.
Program Services include:
- Shelter in home-like settings in host congregations for one or two weeks at a time on an ongoing rotational basis
- Intensive case management to identify barriers to self-sufficiency
- Budgeting and debt repayment (Families will be required to save 90% of income not used to pay off debts)
- Help with finding employment and permanent housing, as well as referrals to appropriate community resources
What are the Admission Requirements?
- Applicants to the Family Promise Program must be employed or employable
- Applicants must be free from active substance abuse (amount of time in recovery dependent on assessment)
- Applicants cannot be fleeing a domestic violence situation
- Applicants who are eligible after an initial screening must be willing to complete a comprehensive clinical assessment for every member of the family
- Applicants with an established mental health diagnosis must be medication compliant and/or in treatment with a local mental health facility (FPC volunteers are not trained to handle mental health emergencies)
- Applicants must be willing to submit to a criminal background check and drug screens
- Applicants must be willing to provide proof of income earned and money saved while in the program
Who is Eligible?
North Carolina Childcare Coalition helps homeless families around NC and the Charlotte area. A family is defined as one of the following:
- A single mother with children
- A single father with children
- A couple with children
- A legal guardian with children
Homeless Child Facts
* On any given night, an estimated 842,000 people are homeless in the United States. Over the course of a year, 3.5 million people experience homelessness; 1.35 million of them are children (NCH, June 2006).
* The average age of a homeless person in the United States is 9.
* Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, representing about 40% of all homeless people (NCH, June 2006).
* Requests for emergency shelter by families increased in 63% of cities in 2005. US cities saw an average increase of 5% in shelter requests by families (US Conference of Mayors, 2005).
* The study also found that 32% of the requests for shelter by homeless families were denied in 2005 due to a lack of resources.
* Over 12 percent of the U. S. population lives in poverty—one in six children.
* Families with children are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population in the US—40%.
* Thirty-six million people, including 14 million children, experience hunger.
* About 41 million people do not have health insurance.
* A minimum-wage worker would have to work more than 67 hours a week just to keep a family of four above the poverty line of $18,104 per year for the average family of four.
FAMILY PROMISE FACTS:
* One hundred twenty five Affiliates in 39 states and the District of Columbia.
* Sixty new Networks are currently forming in four additional states.
* More than 4,500 congregations are involved in Family Promise programs.
* More than 110,000 volunteers are involved in Network programs.
* In a typical Network, half of the guests are children, most under six years old.
* One hundred service and housing programs have been developed as an outgrowth of the Interfaith Hospitality Networks.
* In 2004, 80 percent of guest families found permanent or transitional housing.
* More than 130,000 guests have been assisted by Family Promise programs.