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Kirby Davis Speaks on July 26th on Private Sector Involvement in Addressing Homelessness in CLT

Tuesday, June 27, 2017   (0 Comments)
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HousingCLT and the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association Event – How Private Sector Multifamily Housing Providers Can Help End Homelessness in Charlotte

Kirby Davis, Chief Operating Officer with Freeman Webb in Nashville, TN is the featured speaker for the July 26th event

Charlotte, NCHousingCLT and the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association are co-presenting an
opportunity for Charlotte area apartment providers to learn how private sector multifamily housing can be an effective part of the plan to end homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

The event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 East Morehead Street in Charlotte. Kirby Davis, the Chief Operating Officer for Nashville, Tennessee-based property management firm Freeman Webb and a former member of Nashville’s Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, is the featured speaker. Mr. Davis made a commitment in early 2013 for a percentage of Freeman Webb’s multifamily inventory to be available to homeless individuals and families. By closely collaborating with Nashville’s social service providers using alternative housing screening criteria for their homeless clients, Freeman Webb and nearly a dozen other property management firms have helped provide housing for an average of 54 homeless people per month since June of 2013.

The event is being co-sponsored by HousingCLT and the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association. HousingCLT is the new landlord liaison initiative launched by the City of Charlotte to create a unified, collaborative approach among private for-profit housing providers and social services agencies to increase housing opportunities for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. HousingCLT is the first program of its kind in North Carolina and is modeled after Seattle’s successful Landlord Liaison Project, which has successfully housed more than 7,000 previously homeless households since 2009. HousingCLT is planning a combination of incentives for housing providers who make units available using alternative screening criteria for applicants experiencing homelessness, outreach to help social services agencies better understand the challenges faced by for-profit housing providers, and training to help homeless households to adequately prepare for the responsibilities of tenancy.

HousingCLT was one of the recommendations of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force. The project is being funded by a combination of local and federal sources and is located under the umbrella of Charlotte-based, a non-profit call center that connects people to housing across the nation, and helps its staff overcome hurdles to economic mobility.

The event includes continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Seating is limited to the first 200 registrants.



HousingCLT is a City of Charlotte initiative operating under the umbrella of Non-Profit Industries (NPI), d.b.a. Social Serve. Social Serve provides online housing locator services through technology-based platforms and a bi-lingual call center, including disaster relocation services, special needs housing location (senior, disability and HUD housing vouchers), HUD Certified foreclosure prevention counseling, and referrals to supportive housing and other services. The Greater Charlotte Apartment Association was founded in 1977 as a trade association for the multifamily rental housing industry. The GCAA promotes the interests of its members through legislative advocacy, education and networking; and supports housing quality, value and choice throughout the Greater Charlotte community.

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