Publications & Reports

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Evictions: A vicious cycle for people in poverty
   July 27, 2016

Examinations of urban poverty are nothing new, but author Matthew Desmond’s study of the causes of evictions and their consequences for families, housing quality and the fabric of neighborhoods is innovative, thought-provoking, and readable. A book review. Read more


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More households struggle to afford rent, report finds
   October 27, 2015
Ashley Williams Clark
Almost half of Mecklenburg County’s rental households are cost-burdened, a new report from the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute finds. That means they spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing.  Read more


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Report finds strengths, challenges in United Way’s Collective Impact initiative
   September 30, 2015

Research by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute for United Way of Central Carolinas has found that almost 90 percent of at-risk Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students who took part in programs from 14 local United Way-funded agencies over three or more years graduated from high school. Read more


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Report: More collaboration would improve services to elderly
   February 23, 2015
Bill McCoy
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. Read more


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Collective Impact for Children & Youth Year 2 Report
   October 8, 2014

Collective Impact is a collaborative approach that brings together stakeholders working towards shared goals in order to make significant change in communities. The Collective Impact for Children...

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Report tallies gains from United Way's Collective Impact initiative
   October 8, 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. Read more


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As N.C. school buses roll, compare ride times, and more
   August 21, 2014

It is no small task to get the school bus to your neighborhood each day. Planning starts in March for most North Carolina school districts to open school in August. (Photo: NCDPI) Read more


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Charlotte Mecklenburg Point in Time Count Report 2009-2014
   April 8, 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 people in the United States. The PIT Count helps communities better understand who is facing...

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New report analyzes homelessness in Mecklenburg
   April 8, 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) Read more


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Collective Impact for Children and Youth Baseline Report
   February 6, 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. Read more