'It is a crisis': Shelters battle overcrowding with shortage of affordable housing

'It is a crisis': Shelters battle overcrowding with shortage of affordable housing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One by-product of Charlotte's shortage of affordable housing is the fact that shelter's are bursting at the seams.

As housing costs rise, many families who had homes end up getting priced out.

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The Salvation Army's Center for Hope is full -- it's designed for 320 people. But, more than 400 women and children are living there because they can't afford a permanent home.

"It is an affordable housing crisis," Salvation Army Director Deronda Metz said. "It is a crisis, and I'm glad we're saying that because that's what it is."

All this week, Channel 9 is shining a spotlight on the affordable housing crisis. Watch the video above as Eyewitness News anchor John Paul introduces you to a family who is living it, every day. 

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