Social well-being

From health to housing to education, the institute offers articles and research on a variety of issues affecting social well-being in the 14-county Charlotte region.

Articles about social well-being topics

  • 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.
  • Police in Baltimore during protests of Freddie Gray's death. Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images. For link to Getty Images, see image in article.

    Soul-searching by police, community: Some lessons

    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.
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    Good cop or bad cop? #BlackLivesMatter or #AllLivesMatter?

    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.
  • Ashton apartments in South End. Photo: David Walters

    In Charlotte housing debate, let’s look at underlying factors

    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.