Affordable housing crisis: How you can help

Affordable housing crisis: How you can help

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If you’re interested in donating money or volunteering to help people impacted by the area’s affordable housing crisis, here is a list of ways you can contribute and links to organizations that would appreciate your support.

LANDLORDS: 

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OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE:

Donations to

ranging from $30 to $1,200 can make a difference:

  • $1,200 moves a homeless student and his/her family into housing near school or work
  • $500 covers financial counseling to prevent eviction or foreclosure
  • $500 pays for the application fee and security deposit for one household
  • $250 relocates a victim to safety who is fleeing domestic violence
  • $150 fills a welcome basket with move-in cleaning and household supplies
  • $100 keeps the lights on and pays the past due utility bill for a household
  • $50 buys bus passes or gas cards to help transport a veteran to his job
  • $30 allows us to look up a Tri-bureau credit report and background check so that a client can qualify for housing
  • Go to Smile.Amazon.com and select Community Link Programs of Travelers Aid Society, Inc. as your charity of choice.

Donations to

ranging from $25 to $500+ can make a difference:

  • $500: Provides one month of rental assistance for a family
  • $250: Provides four sessions with a clinical social worker
  • $100: Provides a month of extracurricular activities for a family through the Youth Connect Fund
  • $50: Provides new bedding and linens for a family moving into shelter
  • $25: Provides a week of bus passes for a family

Donations to

endowment at Foundation for The Carolinas

  • $10,000 can move one family from homelessness to stability

Donations to

:

  • $400 will help a family in financial crisis either stay in their home or keep heat/lights on
  • Donate the value of a car
  • Donate essential items of clothing, household goods, furniture and appliances to the Free Store

Donations to Project Outpour help homeless people access clean mobile showers:

  • A gift of $10 provides towels and washcloths for 12 guests
  • A gift of $25 fills our generator with fuel for 80 showers
  • A gift of $50 provides laundry services for 10 guests
  • A gift of $100 provides essential items and supplies for 80 guests
  • A gift of $250 provides hot water for 140 showers
  • A gift of $500 pays for security to ensure guests' safety, for one month

OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER:

  • Financial and real estate volunteer for Community Link's Asset Building workshops for prospective and first-time homebuyers
  • Provide financial counseling/coaching for financial empowerment classes
  • Tax preparers can provide free tax preparation for low- and moderate-income households. Training is available to volunteers
  • Community Link hosts realtor and lender lunch and learns. Each session, two or three volunteers present best practices and current trends while hosting lunch for industry colleagues and peers
  • Learn how to start a discussion at your house of faith
  • Volunteer time to advocate for affordable housing
  • Coordinate a drive to collect clothing, furniture, or household goods for distribution free-of-charge through our free store or furniture bank
  • Volunteer to purchase and distribute a meal to clients
  • Help sort and inspect donations to community's free store
  • Load, transport, and unload furniture and household goods for families leaving homelessness
  • Purchase and assemble 10 to 15 dressers for families in need
  • Reassemble packets used for poverty simulations
  • Volunteer in the Tryon Shelter's Housing and Resources Room to assist guests searching for employment, housing, and community resources
  • Serve as a check-in ambassador and greet guests at the shelter's front desk
  • Join the F3 Fitness Group for peer-led free workouts for shelter guests