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Helping The Homeless as Some Shelters Close For Spring

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16 percent of Charlotte’s population falls below the poverty level. And with Thursday being the first day of spring, some local shelters will close their doors until next winter.

One of those shelters is the ‘Room at the Inn’ and they close their doors on March 31st. That means other non-profits could see a spike and become overcrowded.

That’s why one local woman wants more day shelters to keep people warm all year round.

Nearly 3,000 people in Charlotte are homeless. It’s the strip on North Tryon Street near 16th street where you’ll find a good bunch of them.

One of those is Abbegail Adams. We spoke to her earlier this year. But for the last three months, she’s called the Salvation Army home.

“I’m homeless – I don’t have money and I don’t have a place to stay,” said Abbegail Adams. “Living poor in the US isn’t bad – we have clothes, we have shoes, we have food, but most of us don’t have a place to stay."

When spring starts, Adams says the crowds at some shelters go up – because not all stay open year round.

“Charlotte needs more shelters,” said Earl (who didn’t want to share his entire name).

Earl used to be homeless at one point but has since turned things around.

 “Let them in—let them sleep on the floor,” said Earl.

Adams wants more day shelters so that those who need it can stay safe.

“Day shelters are where you can go during the day. You don’t have to sit on the benches or hanging around business to scrape for money,” said Adams.

“I see when it’s cold or raining people have no place to stay. People froze to death or got killed down there. People beat them to death,” said Earl.

“It’ll give the needy a place to stay and be accounted all day,” said Adams.

Adams also wants grants so that churches can house people.

“The goal is to have 20 churches and house 50 people a night,” said Adams.

“We just need another chance,” said Adams.

Some shelters like the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope are open all year long. But they can’t handle everyone so sometimes have no choice but to turn people away.

But the good news is, city leaders are working with non-profits to combat homelessness in Charlotte and are pushing for grants and rental subsidies to curb the problem.

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