CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two Charlotte community groups are working together to help more Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students who are homeless. 

It’s reported that 4,000 students in the district have no permanent place to lay their heads at night. That’s why organizers at Thompson Child and Family Focus need more hands to help.

They’re set to merge with the group A Child’s Place, which serves children who are homeless. With the merger, organizers anticipate being able to serve 28 schools within CMS immediately. They then say they hope to help three to five more schools by the next school year.

Organizers say they’ll be able to provide more family partners to homeless families to provide more services like food and housing support.

The merger is set to provide the groups with an opportunity to grow into 55 schools over the next three years.