Mecklenburg County Officials Provide A Homeless Shelter Update As Extreme Weather Approaches

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mecklenburg County officials say additional resources are being put into place to expand emergency shelter operations for the homeless in response to the extreme weather forecasted overnight Thursday, January 7th.

As the winter weather approaches, Roof Above officials say they have extended its Day Services Center hours, which are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, to allow the use of restrooms, hand washing stations, and outside radiated heaters during these extended hours.

Mecklenburg County officials say they have extended leases on nearly 160 hotel rooms in continued support of social distancing at the Salvation Army Center of Hope and Safe Alliance during the winter season.

Officials with Roof Above and the Salvation Army Center of Hope say existing shelter locations will maintain current operations and provide the following updates;

For Men:

  • Roof Above reopened their Statesville Avenue shelter, as a nightly winter shelter, expanding their capacity by 116 beds to a total capacity of over 600. Mecklenburg County and Roof Above will be closely monitoring shelter utilization. To access this overflow shelter, men can:
    • Sign up by calling 704-334-3187 ext. 5002 (or press 9) from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
    • Sign up starting at 1:30 p.m. at Roof Above’s Day Services Center located at 945 North College St. (Mon-Fri)
    • Come in-person any night to 3410 Statesville Ave starting at 7:30 pm.

For Women & Families:

  • Salvation Army Center of Hope added a hotel-based winter shelter. Mecklenburg County and Salvation Army will be closely monitoring shelter utilization and if needed, has a plan in place to expand capacity.
  • In order to access this shelter, please call 211.

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) buses will take individuals to these shelter locations free of charge on January 7, 2021 during the day. Riders must simply identify a shelter location to the driver, according to a news release.

Officials with Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office, Roof Above, and the Salvation Army Center of Hope are all working together to support the needs of people experiencing homelessness during this time, according to a news release.

Officials say throughout the pandemic the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County has worked with Roof Above and the Salvation Army to provide more shelter beds in the community, allowing shelters to practice safe social distancing measures.