In a joint press conference, the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and UNC Charlotte announced a partnership for an annual reporting on homelessness issues spearheaded by the University’s Urban Institute.
The institute’s Point in Time (PIT) report, which contained results from January, showed a 17 percent decrease in the number of homeless individuals counted from the year before. In January 2013, there were 2,418, and in January 2014, there were 2,104. Ashley Williams, a data and research coordinator for the Urban Institute, Institute for Social Capital, and Eric Caratao, a social research specialist for the Urban Institute, co-authored the PIT report.
"We are especially grateful to Jeff Michael and his team at the Urban Institute who are helping us to collect comprehensive data and organize it in an analytical framework that will help us make informed decisions as we move forward," said Charlotte Councilwoman Patsy Kinsey at the press conference. "This important partnership is critical to the success of implementing our 10-year plan as we focus on achieving specific and measureable results."
In acknowledgment of his prolific and high quality research record, UNC Charlotte faculty member Xingjian Liu has received the 2014 Emerging Scholar Award from the Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group (RDPSG) of the Association of American Geographers.
The RDPSG Scholar Award is presented to early-to-mid career scholars who show potential for distinguished scholarship in development, planning and / or policy issues though applied or theoretical research in these areas, and / or impacted the field through mentorship / teaching.
Liu is an assistant professor of urban economic geography in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. He is also a Research Fellow within the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) research network, and helps run The Beijing City Lab (BCL) – a virtual research network dedicated to studying China’s capital Beijing.