CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As temporary winter shelters like Room In The Inn close for the season, some are concerned about our homeless neighbors.
Community Link is a nonprofit organization working to help the homeless secure housing by covering initial moving costs like security deposits, first month’s rent and utilities.
Amy Dover is one of the agency's most recent clients. She was evicted last fall after losing her part-time job because she had a high-risk pregnancy and couldn't work.
Dover said she spent the winter bouncing around shelters with her fiance and new born baby, Pamela, who has some respiratory issues.
“I was at the point where I was going to have to place her with somebody until I got on my feet because if she didn't have a proper home and the [Room in the] Inn closing and us being here and there, that wouldn't have been good for her,” said Dover.
Community Link helped more than 2,000 people find housing across the Carolinas last year, but their program is limited.
Since they receive federal funding, the agency’s president, Floyd Davis, said they can only help people who have been assessed and referred by the county.
Dover said she's grateful for the support but worries about families who are still on the streets.
“It’s whew we did it but there are so many families that aren't going to be able to say that,” said Dover.
Davis said Community Link is starting a new program that would support Charlotte-Mecklenburg school students and their families who are homeless and help them secure permanent housing.