Homeless Population Growing in the Region - myfoxcarolinas.com

Homeless Population Growing in the Region

Homeless Population Growing in the Region

Posted: Updated:
  • Cheryl BrayboyMore>>

  • Cheryl Brayboy

    Cheryl Brayboy

    Friday, March 14 2014 4:19 PM EDT2014-03-14 20:19:45 GMT
    I have been working in television for 15 exciting years! I got my start in Chicago – my hometown - as an intern on the “Jerry Springer Show” and as guest co-host on “Face to Face: The Vernon Jarrett Show” (WLS TV). 
    I have been working in television for 15 exciting years! I got my start in Chicago – my hometown - as an intern on the “Jerry Springer Show” and as guest co-host on “Face to Face: The Vernon Jarrett Show” (WLS TV). 
  • Lutheran Women on a Mission in the QC

    Lutheran Women on a Mission in the QC

    Lutheran Women on a Mission in the QC

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:16:52 GMT
    She’s the first of her kind: Elizabeth Eaton is the first woman Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She's in the QC with 2,000 women of the ELCA church.  They're on a mission to make a difference in Charlotte and around the world.
    She’s the first of her kind: Elizabeth Eaton is the first woman Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She's in the QC with 2,000 women of the ELCA church.  They're on a mission to make a difference in Charlotte and around the world.
  • Young, Single & Pregnant: Florence Crittenton, a Refuge

    Young, Single & Pregnant: Florence Crittenton, a Refuge

    Young, Single & Pregnant: Florence Crittenton, a Refuge

    Thursday, July 17 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-07-18 01:52:58 GMT
    When you turn on the tube, it appears teen pregnancy is popular, a hip new trend! While teen pregnancy numbers have been trending downward since 1990, teen pregnancy is still serious business, Charlotte mom, Michelle Cade is a success story: a college graduate, a flourishing mother of five. But at 17, she was pregnant and afraid. With the support of family, Michelle has found her way; she is building a career in public relations and guiding her children down a successful path.
    When you turn on the tube, it appears teen pregnancy is popular, a hip new trend! While teen pregnancy numbers have been trending downward since 1990, teen pregnancy is still serious business.  Florence Crittenton Services can help.

The homeless problem in North Carolina is spinning out of control. A U.S. Census report reveals 20 percent of the people in North Carolina live below the federal poverty line - annual income of $23,850 per year or less. North Carolina is home to one of the fastest growing cities – Charlotte. That’s why it may be surprising to learn that poverty areas are growing here. In fact, 33 percent of southerners live in poverty and a quarter of all Americans.

On a typical night in Charlotte, dozens of homeless populate the benches in Uptown. Many of those who reside there, like Brandy – a mother of two with one on the way – say the homeless shelters are full. This is more than hearsay. Many of the overnight shelters reveal they have met capacity. That’s 350 beds at the Salvation Army’s shelter for women and children in Charlotte.

Opportunity House in Concord offers a safe haven for many in the homeless community. It is a day shelter that offers a shower, hot meals, devotion and friendship. Pastor Virginia Herron is Executive Director there.

“Opportunity house ministers to the least, the last, and the lost... those who are homeless and jobless and living on the fringe in our community." Michael Green, a client and a volunteer at Opportunity House agrees. Michael has been homeless for a year. The resources at the Concord facility provide him with hope during hopeless times. Now, Michael is a volunteer who helps alongside a host of other community volunteers.

This week, a group of teens from West Cabarrus Church also pitched in during "I Love Cabarrus Week." They bagged lunches, shoveled mulch and organized a clothing closet at Opportunity House. Micah Trynham, a teen with the church, says "we're giving them the opportunity to live life and have those resources." His pal Dylan Toledano, also a volunteer with West Cabarrus Church, says the benefit is mutual for those who give and for those who receive.

"It helps us become less selfish. It's good to put other people's needs before you," he said. "You get to help people who are less fortunate than you."


  • Local NewsMore>>

  • NC Sales Tax Bill Clears Senate

    NC Sales Tax Bill Clears Senate

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:22 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:22:09 GMT
    For the second time, the North Carolina Senate voted in favor of a local sales tax limit. The NC Senate voted 32-16 in favor of House Bill 1224 that would cap the local sales tax at 2.5%.
    For the second time, the North Carolina Senate voted in favor of a local sales tax limit. The NC Senate voted 32-16 in favor of House Bill 1224 that would cap the local sales tax at 2.5%.
  • Charlotte Events with Moira Quinn

    Charlotte Events with Moira Quinn

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:49:00 GMT
    Moira Quinn with Charlotte Center City Partners shares upcoming events in the Queen City... including an ice cream social at the Green Market on Saturday and the soccer match between Liverpool FC and AC Milan at Bank of America Stadium. Quinn tells @Fox46Barbara, tickets are still available.
    Moira Quinn with Charlotte Center City Partners shares upcoming events in the Queen City... including an ice cream social at the Green Market on Saturday and the soccer match between Liverpool FC and AC Milan at Bank of America Stadium. Quinn tells @Fox46Barbara, tickets are still available.
  • Panthers Show Off New Players, Stadium Upgrades At Fan Fest

    Panthers Show Off New Players, Stadium Upgrades At Fan Fest

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:04:42 GMT
    The new-look Panthers gave fans a sneak peak of an upgraded Bank of America Stadium on Friday night.
    The new-look Panthers gave fans a sneak peak of an upgraded Bank of America Stadium on Friday night.
Powered by WorldNow

WJZY FOX 46
3501 Performance Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28214
Main Number: (704) 398-0046

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices