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 related 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. FJC's offer survivors of 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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If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.  If you are a victim or survivor in need of help, please reach out to the Greater Charlotte Hope Line at 980.771.4673 or chat with us at on our website. Check back to this website regularly for updates on our progress or register here to be added to our mailing list.
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