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

    By: John Paul


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

    [ALSO READ: Evictions making it harder for local families to find housing]

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

    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. 

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    "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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