In 2014, a Harvard research team reported that Charlotte, North Carolina was 50th out of 50 of all large metropolitan cities in the probability that a child born into poverty could escape poverty as an adult. The Harvard team highlighted profound barriers to economic mobility in our community.
 
Determined to address barriers to economic mobility, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's public and private sector mobilized and first studied the issue and then began introducing changes to policies and programs resulting in different outcomes for those in poverty in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.  To read more about economic mobility or the efforts Charlotte-Mecklenburg is making, please click here
 
Approximately, 57% of all homeless women report interpersonal violence as the immediate cause of their homelessness. Victims of interpersonal violence face unique barriers to economic mobility. Victims may lack steady employment because they miss work to heal from injuries, or they are fired as a result of workplace harassment or stalking. Victims may have poor credit caused by abusers lying about paying rent, or because they cannot afford needed medical services (Safe Housing Partnerships, 2017).
 
One way our community is planning to address these issues is to build a family justice center. These centers are intentional collaborations between public and private human service agencies, the criminal justice system and physical and mental health care providers that offer survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse ready access to needed services all within one trauma-informed, safe and supportive environment. To learn more about family justice centers, please click here.  

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