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Basic Needs

To solve the complex issues we face in our community, we start with the basics by making sure our neighbors have what they need to survive.

When people struggle to meet vital needs — like food, shelter, and safety — everything else becomes more difficult. Through programs that provide support during crises, we can help them get back on their feet for good.

Temporary Assistance

The problem with crises is they come when you least expect them, so we work with individuals and families through our network of partners to provide temporary shelter, food access and financial assistance, establishing a path to help position them for a brighter tomorrow.

Safety and Stability

The inability to access basic services can threaten the livelihood of our neighbors. By supporting people’s basic needs, we are creating the conditions necessary for survival, success and independence.

United Way’s NC 211 serves as a critical resource to support members of our community who find themselves in need of assistance. The free and confidential referral service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 211 or visiting

Building Brighter Futures at Men’s Shelter of Charlotte (Now Roof Above)

Men’s Shelter of Charlotte provides emergency shelter and basic needs, helping people get back on their feet and build a brighter future.

Tackling Food Insecurity in West Charlotte

For residents like Ms. Moore, eating well and accessing healthy, affordable groceries on a consistent basis are challenging when living in a lower-income, food insecure community.

A Place to Call Home

For the first 25 years of her life, Neekie was constantly on the move, sometimes in shelters, other times sleeping on a relative’s couch. Time after time, her family lost their home.

From Homeless to Housing

  “My family became homeless because I lost my job,” said Katrina Guiles, who worked at a distribution center until she got sick during pregnancy….

It Takes a Village

We partner with local agencies focused on meeting the most basic needs of families to foster lasting change where it matters most: where we live.

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