Nov. 21, 2023
The good news is that Mecklenburg County is committed to creating one-stop sites where low-income applicants for various seasonal and year-round housing, heating and renovation assistance programs can go to meet with a trained employee to guide them through the application processes.
The less-good news is that just about anyone not already on county staff will likely need that kind of help navigating the process. Except of course it’s not just one process: Every program seems to have different rules, different eligiblity standards, different payment amounts, different deadlines.
And perhaps the least-good news is that the hard-working folks administering these programs face huge challenges locating and sharing their expertise with the people that the programs aim to serve. In a community awash in legacy and social media, “getting the information out” is clearly harder than it sounds.
Presenters this morning were:
- Ginny Harper, community program coordinator for Mecklenburg’s Department of Community Resources Economic Services at 301 Billingsley Rd. ([email protected]; 980-314-6027; 704-258-7418).
- Mildred Perez, HOMES Program Coordinator for Mecklenburg’s Department of Community Resources at 3205 Freedom Dr. Suite 1000 (980-314-4663).
- Tara Vannoy, Community Services Coordinator for Blue Ridge Community Action in Charlotte and Morganton ([email protected]; 828-438-6255 ext. 581).
On this one page are dozens of pieces of information. Presentation slides, fliers, and brochures are collected below the morning’s video by program category. As viewers of the video listen, they can scroll down and find supplemental information. All of the information shows as images on a smartphone or computer, but may also be downloaded for further study. That’s the easy part.
The much harder part is nailing down the right answers for a specific individual or household. And for that, the best answer may be in the last tranche of information about help that’s available at resource centers.