One Mecklenburg County program designed to help the chronically homeless is becoming a model for other municipalities. MeckFuse recently hosted representatives from as near as Virginia and as far as Texas, educating them about the efforts to help the homeless with behavioral concerns.
MeckFuse is a housing program for homeless men and women with health issues who have been frequent users of Mecklenburg’s jail, street camps and shelters.
“It was important because the attending peers from Richmond, Austin and Houston are all looking for ideas and best practices in their own jail diversion programs,” said Kim Keaton of Corporation for Supportive Housing.
The MeckFUSE program is one of 17 currently operating in the country, working with the Corporation for Supporting Housing. The program has accepted 30 individuals and moved 21 of them into housing.
CSH's Kim Opot praised MeckFuse's success.
“The energy and collaborative spirit among everyone in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County was a real inspiration for how communities can create a shared vision and use that as a driver to achieve a goal,” she said.