CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A company establishing a huge presence in uptown Charlotte by bringing a lot of jobs to the Queen City is also making an impact in another way -- helping some of our most vulnerable residents.
Honeywell wrote a $500,000 check Thursday morning to Urban Ministry. The money will go toward the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte on Statesville Avenue.
There are major renovations slated for the shelter, and by this time next year, it will be completely redone.
The project is estimated to cost more than $4 million, and it will come with a lot of new upgrades. Honeywell is pledging a half-million dollars toward the rebuild.
The new facility will include more beds, allowing nearly 200 people to stay inside. It will also have an upgraded kitchen, laundry and a computer lab.
The renovations also include physical and mental health care, plus substance abuse programs for anyone who wants to enroll.
This is happening at a time when Mecklenburg County has more than 3,000 people experiencing homelessness, and local shelters are bursting at the seams, especially in the cold winter weather.
The shelter’s director told Channel 9 it’s hard for people to get themselves out of homelessness given the lack of affordable housing.
In total, the project cost $4.4 million. They've already raised $2.7 million of that.
Once they finish raising the rest of that money, they hope to break ground this spring and be back open before the end of next winter.
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