Love Builds Up
Mission: The mission of Supportive Housing Communities is to provide affordable housing to alleviate homelessness and human suffering.
Population Served: SHC serves men, women, and families, especially veterans and those with mental illness, substance use, and medical or other disabling conditions. SHC residents must earn (through employment or earned benefits) less than 30% of area median income and contribute 30% of their income, if any, toward rent. All residents are homeless at the time of entry.
History: In 1989 a Jesuit priest began an organization to provide affordable housing for people living on city streets. The organization became known as St. Peter’s Homes (SPH) and over the next several years collaborated with other community organizations to build McCreesh Place, Charlotte’s first single-room occupancy (SRO) permanent housing complex with on-site support services for homeless men. In 2012 SPH changed its name to SHC (Supportive Housing Communities) to better brand and promote their mission. In 2013, SHC launched a permanent scattered site program to serve chronically homeless individuals and their families.
- McCreesh Place: McCreesh Place was the first permanent supportive housing complex in Charlotte and the first supportive housing program of Supportive Housing Communities (SHC). McCreesh Place is home to as many as 90 residents who have experienced homelessness or addiction.
- St. John’s Place: In July 2017, SHC expanded its program even more by purchasing St. Johns Place, a 32-unit apartment building which will create more affordable apartments for chronically homeless individuals and families living with disabilities.
- Scattered Site Housing: SHC helps residents find safe homes in the community.
How Love Builds Up
Through this partnership there are opportunities to provide in-kind donations, drop off dinner for McCreesh Place and St. John’s Place residents, and helping with various onsite projects like organizing and decorating spaces.
If you would like to engage in Myers Park Presbyterian Church’s partnership with Supportive Housing Communities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.