McCreesh Place, a 67-unit apartment building, was built in 2003 for single men in a recovery-based model of housing. McCreesh Place was Charlotte’s first permanent supportive housing community. We expanded the building with 27 efficiency apartments in 2011. Along with the positive growth and change, St. Peter’s Homes, Inc. changed its name to Supportive Housing Communities to better reflect its mission and service to the Charlotte community the following year. Then in 2016, in response to community need, a wing was opened for formerly homeless women.
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) then prioritized the Housing First approach, which connects homeless people to housing without condition, SHC responded by implementing the Housing First model as we expanded our program into Scattered Site Housing. We currently serve residents in about 75 apartments throughout Charlotte. Residents receive the same housing and support services, but case managers visit them in their homes to ensure they remain housed and to work on their growth plans.