Charlotte Family Housinghttp://www.charlottefamilyhousing.org
Charlotte Family Housing (CFH) is an innovative solution for family homelessness in the greater Charlotte community. Charlotte ranked #2 in the nation in 2010 for its high percentage jump in family homelessness, up 36%, according to a national survey from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Charlotte Emergency Housing, Family Promise of Charlotte, and Workforce Initiative for Supportive Housing (W.I.S.H.) merged in response to this growing number of homeless families in the community, to better serve this population in a more effective manner. In its two-phase continuum of care model, CFH provides supportive transitional shelter and affordable housing for its families. During both phases, the families work closely with social workers to receive intensive family-focused care and support such as vocational counseling, parenting skills and financial literacy. CFH empowers families to take positive steps in both phases to achieve financial independence and self-reliance. In addition, CFH will work closely with Charlotte community volunteers in order to drive success for homeless families. The model encompasses both short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities to help the families succeed. CFH will continue to foster a movement of long-term engagement with the families in order to break the vicious cycle of generational poverty. CFH will achieve this by providing training and a multi-year support system to community volunteers to work closely with the families to sustain their success.