The coldest time of the year is here but a Charlotte charity is working hard to bring a little warmth into the lives of those less fortunate.
Winter is especially difficult and more so for the underprivileged and the homeless.Roof Above, a Charlotte charity organization recently bought an entire hotel, complete with its 88 units, to house the homeless during the winters.
Clanton Road Hotel To Serve As An Emergency Shelter This Winter
In a press release, Roof Above mentions that they strive towards finding novel ways to end homelessness in Charlotte. The purchased hotel is located at the intersection of Interstate 77 and Clanton Road. The hotel will serve as an emergency ward for women, children, and homeless families this winter before it shuts down for renovations.
The Charlotte charity announced that renovations will begin this summer. The 88-unit hotel will be converted into a permanent supportive housing property by the end of 2021. The organization chalks out the entire cost of the project to be approximately $12 million.
BIG NEWS!! We bought a hotel to convert to 88 units of permanent supportive housing by the end of 2021! This winter, it will serve as an emergency shelter for women and families in a partnership with Salvation Army. Press release here: https://t.co/UtzDsX4gJZ Photos to come… pic.twitter.com/MVWBuo5FL0
— Roof Above (@RoofAbove) December 2, 2020
The hotel transformation project will include the addition of a kitchen in every unit. In addition to that, Roof Above plans to include a support services wing in the premises to provide top-notch services to the vulnerable population, especially during these times of crisis.
The Charlotte Charity notes that the idea to transform a hotel into a homeless care unit seemed more practical as it would be faster, more efficient, and an effective way to cut down on construction costs.
Following the completion of the massive project heralded by this non-profit organization, the Clanton Road Hotel will replace another subsidized housing community, Moore Place. The nationally recognized housing community not only provided affordable housing for the underprivileged but also provided medical care and treatment for people who have been victims of chronic homelessness.
Charlotte Charity Strives To End Homelessness Amid Pandemic
With its motto as “working together to end homelessness”, the Charlotte Charity organization considers this project to be an important step in this direction. By increasing shelter capacity, they are working as supporting staff for those who need help to integrate back into regular society.
Roof Above identifies the increasing issue of homelessness in Charlotte and its neighboring areas. Moreover, the coronavirus pandemic has aggravated the situation by bringing in new strains of financial crises among people, especially the less fortunate. Plus, with travel bans across the globe for a long stretch, hotels and motels have suffered strikingly. With limited customers and increasing financial constraints, several hotels and housing estates are left to look for buyers.
Charlotte charity’s CEO, Liz Clasen-Kelly talks about how non-profits like Roof Above have stepped up to buy unoccupied properties to convert them into public welfare units. According to her, it is a “win-win” situation for both.
The unforgiving winter of Charlotte and the growing homeless population led the organization to take immediate action regarding this. The winter shelter program this year has been taken up by Roof Above in partnership with the Salvation Army. The ongoing project is being funded through several donations from the Charlotte city’s CARES Act grant, Springsteen Foundation, McKibbon Family Foundation, and the Duke Energy Foundation.