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Tent City | How can we help our neighbors who have been displaced?

Charlotte, NC, As many of you will know, the large tent encampment known by some as "Tent City" has been closed by the County and all the residents had to vacate by 5 pm. Friday, February 19.

Some have relocated into a county-funded hotel. Others have found shelter space. Others who are, for any number of reasons, uninterested in the hotel or a shelter have simply found other sites for their tents.

Many in the community are wondering what they can do to help. We believe that the best way to be truly helpful is to work with one of the organizations that has been invested and involved on-the-ground for the long term. In fact, the rodent infestation that has been named as the reason for the closure of the site, is due in great part to well-meaning but ill-informed people dropping off food, clothes and more items that were not needed and were left to rot.

The groups listed below have relationships with the people who've been living in the tent encampment so they are known and trusted. They are all working to discern what's being provided by the County and what the gaps are. Given the very quick turnaround between the announcement and the deadline to move, much about the situation remains unknown, and these groups are actively working with these neighbors to discern needs.

We encourage you to connect with one or more of these groups and watch for updates on how the larger community can assist.

If you have the ability to give, financial gifts to these organizations will allow them to act quickly as needs are identified.

The weekly Thursday 11 am. gathering of faith, community and nonprofit leaders hosted by MeckMIN will continue to be a way of hearing about needs as they emerge. Contact us for Zoom access.

We're grateful for the groups below and the good work they're doing. If you are looking to do something, we hope you'll work with them and support them.



BLOCK LOVE CLT

Contact: Deborah Woolard

W: www.blockloveclt

E: team@blockloveclt.org

P: 980-288-4895

HEARTS BEAT AS ONE

Contact: Bethany McDonald

W: www.heartsbeatasonefoundation.org

E: programsdirector@heartsbeatone.org

P: 704-842-9333

HEARTS FOR THE INVISIBLE CHARLOTTE COALITION

Contacts: Kenya Joseph & Jessica Lefkowitz

W: www.hftic.org

E: info@hftic.org

P: 704-296-8060

HOPE VIBES Contact: Emmanuel & Adrienne Threatt W: www.hopevibes.org E: admin@hopevibes.org P: 980-292-4522 JUST DO IT MOVEMENT

Contact: Jessica Gibson

W: www.jdimovement.org

E: jdimovement.org

P: 980-238-4980

LEAH’S HOPES AND DREAMS

Contacts: Shenique Carmichael & Tonya Dean

W: www.leahshopesanddreams.org

E: leahshopesanddreams@gmail.com

P: 919-986-5191

REVAMP CHARLOTTE

Contacts: Lucia Coppola & Leslie Hunter

W: www.revampclt.org

E: revampadvocacy@gmail.com

P: 704-918-0498

ROOF ABOVE

Contact: Ashley Brown

W: www.urbanministrycenter.org E: aabrown@roofabove.org

Urban Minstry Center Wish List

SEEKING JUSTICE CLT

Contact: Kass Ottley

E: seekingjusticeclt@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/SeekingjusticeClt

P: 704-576-0010.

TORC

Contact: Blanche Penn E: Blanche10penn@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/TORCNC/

UNIVERSITY SOUP KITCHEN

Contact: Joshua Bridges

W: www.universitysoupkitchen.org E: usk@universitysoupkitchen.org

WATCHMEN OF THE STREETS

Contacts: Heath Burchett & Steve Tilley

W: watchmenofthestreets.com

E: habitmissions@gmail.com

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