Upward of 200 homeless people are sleeping on the streets of Charlotte each night, according to a recently released joint study. Although the number of homeless people is down in Charlotte, the problem of homelessness persists in the Queen City.

Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte have employed efforts to reduce the homeless population, including allocating resources to shelters and social service agencies. But Oaklawn Language Academy, in conjunction with the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, have found additional ways to help the homeless – particularly homeless men. In its 3rd Annual ‘WALK FOR LIFE’5k Walk/Run, Oaklawn Language Academy is rallying city residents to do their part. ‘COMMUNITY VOICES’ host, Ron Holland talked with Chiquita Matthews, a Board Member with Oaklawn Language Academy and Jennifer Coates, Resource Coordinator for the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, about their ongoing efforts to help homeless men gain independence and self-sufficiency.


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