As we now enter the coldest time of the year, one heartwarming Charlotte charity has just decided to purchase an entire hotel to house those less fortunate this winter.
Roof Above just purchased an 88-unit hotel at the intersection of Clanton Road and I-77 that will be transformed into permanent housing for many in Charlotte’s homeless community.
“As the pandemic has created financial challenges for hotels and motels nationally, nonprofits like Roof Above are stepping in to buy facilities we can use for important public purposes – creating a win-win for everybody,” said Liz Clasen-Kelly, CEO of Roof Above. “The hotel is already equipped to serve as safe shelter to help the community through this winter, and by the end of 2021, we aim to bring these units online as permanent housing for 88 of our most vulnerable neighbors.”
BIG NEWS!! We bought a hotel to convert to 88 units of permanent supportive housing by the end of 2021! This winter, it will serve as an emergency shelter for women and families in a partnership with Salvation Army. Press release here: https://t.co/UtzDsX4gJZ Photos to come… pic.twitter.com/MVWBuo5FL0
— Roof Above (@RoofAbove) December 2, 2020
The project is currently being paid for through donations from the Springsteen Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation, McKibbon Family Foundation, and a City of Charlotte CARES Act grant.
Renovations are now set to start this coming summer to eventually house over 80 families facing homelessness in Charlotte. The Hotel will serve as an emergency winter shelter over the next few months before renovation begin.