Veterans more likely to be displaced in Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis

It is estimated that 21 out of every 10,000 veterans were homeless in 2019, which is slightly higher than the overall homeless rate of 17 out of every 10,000 Americans.

One of the biggest barriers in ending veterans’ homelessness is finding an affordable place for them to live.

Despite efforts to help veterans who are living on the streets, progress is too often limited by a lack of nearby affordable housing.

Charlotte was facing an affordable housing crisis before COVID-19. The situation has only become more challenging for those who lost jobs, had their income reduced or suffered a health crisis due to the pandemic. Many now find themselves on the verge of homelessness.

The need for help in Carolina communities continues to grow because of the financial ramifications of the novel coronavirus.

To assist our neighbors in need, WSOC-TV is partnering with Crisis Assistance Ministry to help 9 Crisis Help raise funds for those who are struggling amid the economic downturn.

Crisis Assistance Ministry meets families’ most basic needs, addressing challenges brought by the community’s explosive growth and economic transition. By keeping families in their homes with the utilities on, we prevent homelessness for those who are housing insecure.

9 Crisis Help’s mission is to give help and hope to people with limited financial resources.

On Sept. 4, 2020, the federal government issued a moratorium on evictions for tenants, lessees or residents of residential properties to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The order prohibits residential landlords nationwide from evicting certain tenants through March 31, 2021.

The current eviction moratorium offers temporary protection. It may or may not be extended again, but when it does eventually expire, renters will be held responsible for all unpaid rent or mortgage payments.

The difficulties people have making rent, mortgage and utility payments lead to spikes in foreclosures and evictions. Many renters and residents do not know their rights or are not able to advocate for themselves in court. This is a heavy weight for many families to carry.

Crisis Assistance Ministry, a resource aiding those in need, recognizes that keeping a family in a home is far less expensive than getting a new home for a family who has lost one. You can offer timely assistance to families facing eviction due to the pandemic.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW TO 9 CRISIS HELP.

If you have an inspiring story to share, email Kevin Campbell, WSOC-TV/WAXN-TV/Telemundo Charlotte public affairs manager, at Kevin.Campbell@wsoctv.com.