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."
A photography exhibition in honor of Holocaust survivor and UNC Charlotte professor emerita Susan Cernyak-Spatz opens with a community reception on Sunday, April 27 at 5:00 PM in the College of Education, room 402.
The exhibit, titled "Susan Cernyak-Spatz: Auschwitz-Birkenau Survivor and the Lives She Touches," features photographs by Matthew Brien, a photographer and UNC Charlotte student. The images depict Cernyak-Spatz with students and alumni. The event will feature music and reflections from people who are depicted with Cernyak-Spatz.
The College of Arts + Architecture and the Department of Languages and Culture Studies in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are sponsoring the event, which also received support from the German program in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies.