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The Relatives’ Family Update

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Dear Relatives,

You’re making transformational change through your support of The Relatives.

The Relatives is the only organization in Charlotte-Mecklenburg specifically addressing the housing needs of a vulnerable, often-hidden population: young adults aged 18-24. Many of these young people have aged out of the foster care system or lack the resources necessary to become stable, independent adults.

The Relatives’ Scattered-Site Housing Program was started in 2016 in direct response to the number of homeless young adults who visited the On Ramp Resource Center seeking, both, basic necessities and a better life for themselves.

As part of The Relatives’ work to find solutions to youth homelessness, I am proud to be a part of the 2025 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing & Homelessness Strategy.

Led by Cathy Bessant and Eugene Woods, this working group brings together public, private, corporate, and non-profit leaders along with individuals who can offer a lived-experience perspective to create new strategies for addressing current and preventing future homelessness. The 2025 Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing & Homelessness Strategy is the first comprehensive effort to address housing instability and homelessness in our community involving the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Your support allows The Relatives to be a part of this transformational work.

Thank you for helping to ensure youth and young adults facing crisis have opportunities to make positive change in their lives.



Trish Hobson
Executive Director

Pathways Out of Homelessness: A Virtual Conversation

Homelessness is an increasingly visible and concerning issue in our community. The ranking of Charlotte as last in the nation for economic mobility, and the increasing pandemic-related disparities have all raised significant concerns of how to create pathways out of homelessness.

Join an important virtual conversation on June 7 at 12 pm, featuring leaders from Charlotte Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, Roof Above, The Relatives, and Mecklenburg County, to hear what’s being done to help our homeless neighbors—and how you can play a part.

Make Our Kids Feel At Home

The Relatives is committed to finding safe, stable environments for our youth and young adults. Whether they’re staying at the Crisis Center or enrolled in the Scattered-Site Housing Program, the kids and young adults relying on The Relatives deserve to feel at home.

You can help by providing household goods, such as pots, pans, dish towels, and cleaning products to young adults as they settle into their new apartments.

You can also ensure the Crisis Center kitchen is ready to nourish the children there by providing Tupperware, pots, pans, and kid-friendly plates and cups. And the closets are being organized, so hangers are a necessity.

Please check out our Amazon wishlist and help our kids feel at home!

Read Our Family Report

The Relatives is pleased to present our Family Report 2020, celebrating the positive impact you helped us make in the lives of youth and young adults over the past year.

It takes an entire community of donors, volunteers, partners and advocates to create an extended family for youth in crisis. Thank you for being an essential part of this community and The Relatives family!

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