Giving Tuesday is upon us, the day to reflect on your favorite causes and nonprofits during the spending spree after Thanksgiving.

Affordable housing is one of Charlotte’s biggest challenges. More than 3,100 people are homeless in Mecklenburg County. Housing costs are a burden for almost half of tenants. And the region’s booming real estate market makes homeownership even more inaccessible for many, as changes in neighborhoods increasingly alienate long-time residents.

Charlotte saw her most visible homeless homeless reminder earlier this year with the growth and dismantling of the open-air encampment, dubbed “Tent City,” on the outskirts of the upper town.

There are organizations of all sizes working across the affordable housing spectrum, from working with those currently homeless to those promoting homeownership and neighborhood stability to prevent displacement.

Charlotte’s Donation Guide

If you want to support an emergency shelter:

  • Roof Above is the region’s largest provider of shelters and related services, including several men’s shelters, a day center and permanent supportive housing. The shelter has a list of donation requests for hygiene items and clothing, especially for the cold weather, as well as gift cards for grocery stores and restaurants in the area. Financial donations can be mailed to PO Box 31335 Charlotte, NC 28231 or to

  • Charlotte Rescue Mission offers residential drug and alcohol recovery programs for homeless people. He also runs the downtown Community Matters Cafe, which employs recovering and emerging homeless people. In addition to online donations, they can be mailed to PO Box 33000 Charlotte, NC 28233.

If you want to help children and families:

  • The Relatives operates a youth crisis center and provides housing for young people who are homeless or victims of domestic violence. Donate online at or by mail at 119 E. Eighth St. Charlotte, NC 28202.

  • Beds for Kids has delivered over 15,000 beds over the past decade and launched its 2021 Bed Challenge, with a goal of raising just over $ 300,000 by the end of the year to purchase 2,021 beds twins. Visit for more information on monetary or furniture donations.
Staff member Ramona Collins works food prep in the new kitchen at the Howard Levine Men’s Shelter on Statesville Avenue on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in Charlotte. In the previous shelter, there was no kitchen and meals had to be prepared off-site and brought in daily. This helps prepare fresh meals for customers on a regular basis. Melissa Melvin Rodriguez [email protected]

If you want to help people become homeowners or stay housed:

  • DreamKey Partners is a developer who builds affordable apartments. The organization also administers the city’s down payment assistance program for first-time buyers and local COVID-19 rental and mortgage relief funds. Visit or by mail at 4601 Charlotte Park Drive, Suite 350 Charlotte, NC 28217, Attention: Fund Development.

  • Supportive Housing Communities provide permanent supportive housing to people who are homeless and have a crippling illness. Its locations include McCreesh Place and St. John’s Place. Visit to donate or email 601 E. Fifth St., Suite 255 Charlotte, NC 28202, or text 704-741-3083.

  • Community Link offers a variety of housing programs, including rent assistance, financial counseling, and foreclosure prevention. Donate online at by mail at 601 E. Fifth St., Suite 220 Charlotte, NC 28202.

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Mooresville-based Lowe’s Home Improvement gives $ 9.5 million in funding, products and gift cards to nearly 30 Charlotte-area groups, such as Charlotte-area Habitat for Humanity. Lowe’s Home Improvement

If you want to support smaller or local organizations:

  • Block Love Charlotte works in the field with homeless people, providing them with essentials such as clothing, food, sleeping bags and toiletries. The group was a leader in connecting with those in the Upscale Encampment and now manages some hotel operations for people who have left the camp. Donate online at, via Cash App at $ blockloveclt or by emailing [email protected] to collect the donated items.

  • Hearts for the Invisible Charlotte Coalition has also been active in helping people in the tent camp. In addition to monetary donations, the organization is hosting a holiday toy drive for children living in motels and other families in need. Information on online donations can be found at

  • For the Struggle has several racial justice and community empowerment initiatives. Its Elder Response Network focuses on preventing the displacement of older residents into gentrifying, predominantly black neighborhoods through critical home repairs, future planning such as wills and powers of attorney, and tax relief. land. Donate online at

Volunteers with Block Love Charlotte is serving dinner in downtown Charlotte on Thursday, July 23, 2020. The organization serves meals, distributes clothing, distributes bus passes, and helps people live their everyday lives. days. David T. Foster III [email protected]

If you want to support access to hygiene:

  • Hope Vibes operates a mobile laundry and shower unit for homeless people. Visit or mail PO Box 481653 Charlotte, NC 28269.

  • Project Outpour offers a mobile shower and toilet trailer four days a week at library branches and church parking lots. Visit or email 1800 Camden Road Suite 107-143 Charlotte, NC 28203.

Laura Gorecki cleans up after a Project Outpour guest outside the Hickory Grove Library in Charlotte, November 21, 2021. Khadejeh Nikouyeh [email protected]

If you want to help Afghan families in Charlotte:

Information on other nonprofits working in housing and dozens of other causes can be found at

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Lauren Lindstrom is a reporter for the Charlotte Observer covering affordable housing. She previously covered health for The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, where she wrote about the state’s opioid crisis and lead poisoning in children. Lauren is a native of Wisconsin, a graduate of Northwestern University and a member of the Report for America 2019 corps.
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