Welcome to the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute

We are a nonpartisan, applied research and community outreach institute at UNC Charlotte, seeking solutions to the social, economic and environmental challenges facing our communities.
A blue sleeping bag in front of a book-return container at the Main Library in uptown Charlotte. Photo: Peter Safir

Homelessness counts fall, even as Mecklenburg population rises

Each January volunteers fan out across Charlotte to try to count the number of people lacking a home. This year’s numbers point to reason for hope.

A crowd views the historic Highland Mill in the NoDa neighborhood. Photo: Mary Newsom
Bikes parked in front of the Common Market in the Plaza Central neighborhood. Photo: Nancy Pierce
Pedestrians wait for light to change at Trade and Tryon in uptown Charlotte. Photo: Nancy Pierce
Uptown Shelby alley that a Boy Scout restored. Photo: Mary Newsom

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Charlotte Regional Indicators


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