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A Charity Bought An 88-Room Hotel To House The Homeless 

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The project has managed to save the hotel from bankruptcy as well as provide a home for the less fortunate. The hotel is a guaranteed safe shelter and is properly equipped.

A very kind Charlotte charity decided to buy an entire hotel to provide shelter for the homeless. This charity named Roof Above bought an 88 unit hotel situated at the intersection of Clanton Road and I-77. This hotel is to be transformed into permanent housing for the less fortunate homeless people in the Charlotte community.

The hotel is to be converted by the end of 2021. It will function as an emergency shelter for the families and women who are in a partnership with the Salvation Army. The pandemic has been financially challenging for hotels. But since charities like Roof Above are purchasing hotels for public purposes, it has created a win-win situation for everyone. 

The charity also hopes to bring these 88 units online as permanent housing to serve the most vulnerable neighbors. The donations from the Springsteen Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation, McKibbon Family Foundation, and the City of Charlotte CARES Act grant will be used to pay for this project. The renovations of this hotel will begin this coming summer. 

The project is said to house over 80 homeless families in Charlotte. This hotel will also act as a winter shelter for the next few months before the renovations start. Roof Above is definitely helping the less fortunate during challenging times like this by providing shelter for the homeless.

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About Roof Above:

They started from the merger of Urban Ministry Center and Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. It is now a homeless service provider working to end homelessness. Roof Above donates everything from street outreach and essential services to shelter and housing. Their services and programs reach well over 1,200 individuals every day across seven campuses in Charlotte. They have added another campus during the pandemic, converting dorms into an emergency shelter for working men.

A few of their homeless services consist of: 

• Provide a soup kitchen
• Provide essential services, such as laundry, showers, and mail
• Provide a resource center for prescriptions, ID, and referrals
• Provide housing assistance

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