Screenshot from Charlotte City Council Business Meeting

About $9.6 million in Covid relief money could go to various community groups working to address homelessness and affordable housing in Charlotte.

At last night’s City Council meeting, members discussed a plan for allocating the money, part of the federal Home-American Rescue Plan.

The funds will help with:

  • tenant-based rental assistance
  • case management services
  • housing navigation services
  • mental health
  • substance abuse
  • other supportive services

Why it mattersA Dec. 2021 study found that about 76% of Mecklenburg County’s homeless residents are Black.

Local agencies set to receive money include:

Council is set to vote on April 11.

Also last night, council members deferred voting on a proposal that would ban camping on city property.

Mayor Vi Lyles said the council needed more time to understand why the change was recommended and what it would mean.

One member expressed concern that the ordinance might be viewed as criminalizing homelessness.

A vote could happen as early as next month. 

Amanda was born and raised in Charlotte and graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s in Communications and English. She covers Mecklenburg County. Reach her at

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