A program Greensboro officers are contemplating might assist the homeless dramatically | Native information

For example, according to the plan, the Salvation Army could have an office in the building where it could act as a case manager for residents. The building could also house an infirmary.

The building the group is hoping to renovate has several advantages, say program supporters. For one, it’s close to bus routes. On the other hand, it is not in a heavily populated area, which gives neighbors a reason to object.

City officials said discussions about permanent supportive housing are still in their infancy. A partner may be found who can build new apartments for the program at another location.

City officials told council members Tuesday that Charlotte’s version of the program had helped reduce reliance on community services.

For example, the people who live in Charlotte’s 85 efficient one-bedroom apartments made 571 emergency rooms before they were accommodated in the city project.

Thereafter, hospital stays decreased to 124. Arrests also decreased.

Councilors and other city officials are planning a trip to Charlotte today to form their own judgment.

In the working session on Tuesday afternoon, the city council members discussed the program and had many questions that went unanswered. The biggest: How high would the city’s financial commitment be?

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