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Rep. Alma Adams introduces bill to reduce chronic homelessness
Resolution seeks federal funds for housing
Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 11:10 pm
by Herbert L. White

U.S. Rep. Alma Adams has introduced federal legislation to eliminate chronic homelessness.

Adams announced H.R. 75, co-sponsored by 18 House colleagues, Tuesday at Moore Place, a Charlotte affordable housing community for chronically homeless adults. Joining Adams were N.C. Sen. Joyce Wadell, state Rep. Kelly Alexander, Mecklenburg County Commissioner Trevor Fuller, Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield and Charlotte Housing Authority Executive Vice President Shaunte Evans. 

“Homelessness and a lack of affordable housing is an epidemic sweeping Mecklenburg County and our nation,” Adams said. “In Mecklenburg County alone there are more than 2000 homeless families and an additional 46 percent of renters who are cost burdened and risk losing their homes. It’s long past time our government recognizes that our citizens deserve a better deal and prioritizes safe shelter for all.”

Adams is a supporter of the National Housing Trust Fund, which will create 122,000 new jobs in the construction trades and 30,000 new jobs in the operation of rental housing. She also signed onto a letter to appropriators requesting full funding for the Community Development Block Grant program full funding for homeless shelter programs and Section 8, a voucher program for public housing units.

Moore Place is a supportive housing community based on the “Housing First” philosophy. Mecklenburg County Community Support Services employees, made up of licensed mental health clinicians and a clinical supervisor, work with Urban Ministry Center staff for support services. As part of the Housing First Charlotte-Mecklenburg initiative, Urban Ministry Center plans to add 150 new units by 2018.

“Urban Ministry Center never gives up on those who seem impossible to house,” said Urban Ministry Center Executive Director Dale Mullennix. “The housing first strategy paired with permanent supportive housing, like Moore Place, allows those same individuals to thrive and makes good economic sense for our community.”


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