Homeless Services Network aims to keep homeless off the streets during DNC
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As Charlotte prepares for tens of thousands of people to come to the region for the Democratic National Convention, organizations are planning for those who have nowhere to go. About the 5,000 to 6,000 homeless people in the county will be displaced during the convention.
The community support services building will extend their hours to accommodate the homeless or those that rely on temporary housing and unable to pay the increased rates at motels or hotels the week of the DNC.
Through a partnership between several agencies, the building will be open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. They are also adding more dinner meals Monday through Thursday.
The Homeless Services Network is comprised of several local agencies, including churches and non-profits.
"I don't think we're making any attempt to conceal the homeless but we're definitely not parade them or make an issue of it," said Peter Safir, from Mecklenburg County Homeless Services.