Charlotte Family Housing

What is the Shelter Phase?

CFH offers three shelter programs: Plaza Place, Hawthorne Place, and Elizabeth House. Families in each of the shelters are empowered to manage a household budget, establish healthy routines, and become more involved in their children’s education–all of which improve the quality of a child’s educational experience of attending school and improving academic performance. Social workers work intensively with all family members to address health and wellness problems that present barriers to maintaining housing, in addition to the multitude of issues that led to their becoming homeless and overcome them as they become self-sufficient.

Plaza Place is a 15-bedroom house located on The Plaza that provides short-term shelter for homeless families while providing comprehensive support. All families have their own bedroom and most have their own bathroom (smaller families may share a bathroom). A large living room is shared for group meetings and for family time in the evenings. Each family has access to a small refrigerator and cabinets to store their own food and is responsible for cooking their own meals.

Hawthorne Place is a six-bedroom church wing located on Hawthorne Lane (inside St. John’s Baptist Church) that provides short-term shelter for homeless families while providing comprehensive support. All families have their own bedroom and may share a bathroom with another family “Jack and Jill” style. Meals are shared “family style” two nights a week and for Sunday lunch, and families have access to their own refrigerator/cabinets to prepare their own meals the other nights of the week. Staffing is provided by a combination of paid employees and volunteers.

Elizabeth House is a four-bedroom house located on Hawthorne Lane that provides short-term shelter for homeless families while providing comprehensive support. All families have their own bedroom and share a bathroom with another family. Meals are shared “family style” two nights a week and for Sunday lunch, and families have access to their own refrigerator/cabinets to prepare their own meals the other nights of the week. Staffing is provided by a combination of paid employees and volunteers.

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