SOCIAL WELL-BEING

Nov 15, 2018
A major gift to the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute from the institute’s first director, Dr. Norm Schul, and his wife, Marianne ‘73, will establish an annual speaker series focused on policy issues affecting the Charlotte region.
Oct 10, 2018
Authors James and Deborah Fallows, who’ll appear in Charlotte on Nov. 13, talk about their travels through America and what they discovered about civic revitalization.
Oct 02, 2018
Talking with Lori Thomas, the new director of research and faculty engagement at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and interim director of ISC. Thomas studies housing and chronic homelessness.
Sep 23, 2018
In telling the story of one Charlotte family’s struggles with poverty, crime, incarceration and more, the author gives the four W’s: who, what, when and where.  But what makes this new book so important is the fifth and most difficult W: Why?
Aug 24, 2018
A new report from the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute combines homelessness and housing instability data, giving a more complete picture of the complexities of local housing needs. 
Aug 15, 2018
Institute researchers look at the ecosystem of college- and career-readiness programs in Mecklenburg County.
Aug 14, 2018
Two researchers conclude in a new article that many starter-home subdivisions in Charlotte, often built in industrial areas, saw neighborhood decline.
Jun 07, 2018
When eviction lands in court, landlords usually have lawyers, and tenants rarely do. A local program to arm tenants with information aims to alter that imbalance.
May 23, 2018
The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and Mecklenburg County Community Support Services released “Charlotte-Mecklenburg Evictions Part 3: One-month Snapshot of Eviction Court Records” on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.  
Mar 28, 2018
Did residential construction in Mecklenburg County rise last year? Where do fewer students attend their assigned public school? That information and more can be at your fingertips.
Mar 20, 2018
A new report for the first time maps evictions in Mecklenburg County and uses neighborhood-level data to explore the characteristics of neighborhoods with high or low eviction rates.
Feb 22, 2018
One night each year volunteers fan out across Charlotte to get a snapshot of the people who, for that night at least, don't have a permanent home. Here’s what that night is like.
Oct 17, 2017
Do you have questions? The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Annual Survey from the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute can provide answers. Contact us if you’re interested in using our Annual Survey services for 2018.
Sep 28, 2017
Each year thousands of people in Charlotte lose their homes to eviction. It’s not just a symptom of larger issues – high child care and transportation costs, rising rents and low wages – but can start a cascade of financial woes.
Sep 21, 2017
Christ Lutheran Church will offer a free livestream viewing of author Matthew Desmond’s lecture Sept. 27. Hundreds are on the wait list for the lecture; this offers the chance to see it as it happens.
Aug 28, 2017
Charlotte readers snapped up a chance to hear best-selling author Matthew Desmond in September. Here’s how to get on the wait list.
Jul 14, 2017
Many Charlotte-area book clubs have decided to study Evicted, before the Sept. 27 visit by Pulitzer-winning author Matthew Desmond. Learn how you can take part.
May 09, 2017
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.
Dec 07, 2016
Incidents involving alleged and/or proven use of excessive police force against minority citizens followed by protests have sparked soul-searching by public officials and calls for action. Recent police-community conversations in Charlotte and Wilmington offer three lessons for the future.
Aug 03, 2016
What’s going on in our nation? Why? And what can we do about any of it? Although most of our systems aspire to fairness, racial disproportionality occurs across all systems, including education, child welfare, health care, housing, employment, banking and finance, and the justice system.
Feb 02, 2016
For decades, the complex challenge of housing low-income Charlotteans has inspired studies, public debate, policy changes and other actions.This essay traces how the challenges—and responses to them—have changed, and what the future might bring. Commentary.
May 14, 2015
Large trends  – income inequality, increasing economic segregation – are making it hard for people in poverty to realize the American Dream by working hard and climbing the ladder. In a Q/A interview, civic engagement expert Robert Putnam discusses the effect on children. 
Feb 23, 2015
A year-long study of the needs of Mecklenburg County’s elderly population found the county’s approach to older adults should focus on stronger and longer-term planning, supported by stronger collaboration among service providers.
Dec 10, 2014
The first recipient of a faculty research grant from the Institute for Social Capital, Inc. (ISC) will be Dr. Mason Haber, assistant professor in the UNC Charlotte Department of Psychology.
Nov 11, 2014
Charlotte is now a partner in a national effort to develop and use neighborhood information systems in local policy making and community building. 
Oct 08, 2014
United Way of Central Carolinas' Collective Impact approach aims to increase the graduation rate among the more than 13,000 at-risk children who receive services from 16 United Way-funded agencies.
Sep 11, 2014
Since the 1970s, the plight of the American middle class has been worsening. UNC Charlotte sociologist Scott Fitzgerald's most recent book details many of the causes and consequences. He'll speak publicly on Sept. 18. An interview.
Jun 04, 2014
Wilmore resident Kris Steele knew his neighborhood was a food desert, an area with little access to fresh food. Now he's won a $2,500 Keep Charlotte Beautiful grant to create and "edible walkway," where residents can pick fruit while they stroll. (Photo: John Chesser)
May 28, 2014
On Charlotte's least pedestrian- and bike-friendly type of street - a parkway - a new asphalt trail is open, connecting UNC Charlotte to apartments along University City Boulevard. It's part of the city's ongoing bike-ped enhancements. (Photo: Chuck McShane)
May 20, 2014
Benjamin Ross, author of "Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism," will discuss his book at the UNC Charlotte Center City campus today at 6 p.m. Ross' talk will be followed by a panel discussion.
Apr 08, 2014
What are the characteristics of homeless people in Mecklenburg County? Has that changed over time? A new analysis by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, in collaboration with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing and the Homeless Services Network, examines the 2014 Point in Time Count in Mecklenburg County. (Photo: Mary Gaertner)
Apr 08, 2014
The Charlotte-Mecklenbug Point in Time Count report was released Tuesday, April 8. The report was prepared by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute on behalf of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing. Foundation For The Carolinas provided funding for the report.Download the full report here.
Apr 08, 2014
What are the characteristics of Mecklenburg County’s homeless population and how has it changed over time? To try to answer those questions, Mecklenburg County each year performs the Point in Time (PIT) Count, a federally mandated act to determine the prevalence and characteristics of homeless...
Feb 13, 2014
On Jan. 29, Charlotte and Mecklenburg County attempted to get a count of all the people in the community who were homeless that night. As a volunteer in this effort, I was forced to reflect on my own definition of home. (Photo:  Mary Gaertner)
Jul 18, 2013
The question is widely debated among experts and in the press. Do surveys showing more preference for walkable, in-town neighborhoods measure a fleeting fad, or portend the end of suburbia? A UNC Charlotte geographer looks deeper. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
Feb 18, 2013
The new Quality of Life Dashboard is designed to assess the health of neighborhoods in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Users of previous reports were familiar with the old neighborhood names, so we created some tools to help you find your neighborhood in the new system.
Feb 06, 2013
The Collective Impact Baseline study is part of United Way’s pilot initiative to increase the graduation rate over the next 10 years for the community’s most vulnerable youth. This data will be used to create a the baseline against which United Way and its agencies will be measured in the goal to increase the graduation rate for at-risk children being served with United Way support.
Feb 06, 2013
How does an organization like United Way know whether its work is making a difference? Benchmarking is key to answering this question, and new research provides a foundation for these efforts in the Charlotte region.
Jan 10, 2013
Since 1993 the City of Charlotte has tallied information about some (and in later years all) city neighborhoods, in its regular Quality of Life reports. But this year major changes are afoot for the project, which opened its online doors to the public on Monday.
Oct 25, 2012
Charlotte has lagged much of the country in this period of economic recovery, but the region has finally begun to see a few small signs of better days on the horizon. Over the past several months, there has been gradual improvement in the unemployment rate and home price index in the region. These bright spots are welcome news in a region that continues to suffer the effects of the Great Recession.
Aug 29, 2012
Amy Hawn Nelson, a Mecklenburg County educator with a strong record in improving the academic outcomes for at-risk students, has been named director of UNC Charlotte’s Institute for Social Capital.
Jun 19, 2012
Two different organizations in the Charlotte region are using borrowed land and volunteer labor to get fresh, local food on the plates of people who need it most.
Jun 18, 2012
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library budget is up by more than $800,000 for the coming fiscal year after suffering a larger reduction in funding during the recession than many of its peer library systems around the country. The increased funding will allow the restoration of Sunday hours at six regional branches during the coming school year.
Jun 11, 2012
The nation as a whole is getting older, but variations in population growth and immigration can create big differences in the median age from place to place. The Charlotte region is no exception. While Mecklenburg's median age has risen only marginally, some neighboring counties are getting noticeably older.
Jun 04, 2012
Communities around the Charlotte region are building greenways for residents to use for walking, bicycling, hiking and even skating. The Carolina Thread Trail has played an important role in making these new pathways a growing transportation and recreation resource. The Foundation For The...
Jun 04, 2012
The rise in the number of Hispanic, Asian and multiracial residents has been the biggest change in population diversity in the Charlotte region for more than a decade. A series of new maps and charts from the institute's researchers highlights the differences among the urban, suburban and rural communities from 2000 to 2011. 
May 30, 2012
Modern school buses are some of the safest vehicles on the road, but even these sturdy conveyances can be at risk in a collision with a train. Coordination between two N.C. state agencies helps give more information to school bus drivers across the state to help prevent this kind of accident.
Apr 12, 2012
Rising fuel prices add pressure to public school transportation operations that have already seen years of tight budgets. With each cost-cutting comes some change in service. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Iredell-Statesville are two examples of districts that have significantly changed operations. Is there an objective way to measure the effect? Data just released for all N.C. public school transportation systems allows comparison across the state.
Mar 28, 2012
Two of UNC Charlotte’s most visible institutes are merging to create a combined center with unparalleled research capacity to address social issues in the Charlotte region. On March 8, the Institute for Social Capital (ISC) board of directors and UNC Charlotte agreed to merge the ISC staff and operations into the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, the university’s oldest applied research center.
Mar 07, 2012
Data on schools and school districts are abundant.  Both the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s websites hold a wealth of data at both levels.  But with a district as large as CMS, it is painstaking work to analyze school-level data in a meaningful way.  In June 2011, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute developed a set of interactive maps in partnership with MeckEd to make this rich data more approachable.  These maps have now been updated with the most recent figures available, the 2010-11 school year.