McCreesh Place was the first permanent supportive housing complex in Charlotte and the first supportive housing program of Supportive Housing Communities (SHC). When it opened in 2003, McCreesh Place included 64 single-occupancy units with shared bathrooms and kitchens and was open only to men. Later, SHC added 26 efficiency units with private bathrooms and kitchens and, in 2016, opened McCreesh Place to women. Now, McCreesh Place is home to as many as 90 residents who have experienced homelessness or addiction.
McCreesh Place is a recovery-based housing model, which means that all its residents are committed to an abstinence-based lifestyle. A supportive community aids in the journey to recovery. The national relapse rate is estimated to be between 40-60%. Last year at McCreesh Place, it was 8%. If these statistics sound too good to be true, they start to make sense when you spend time in a recovery community. Most people who try to conquer addiction do so largely alone. At McCreesh Place, you have the constant support of your friends, housemates, and trained professionals. The supportive housing community makes all the difference.
Herbert loves McCreesh Place for the same reason he decided to move out after a year and a half.
“I have been healed,” he says.
With the modest income he received from disability checks, Herbert could afford to move into a place with his brother. His plan, which he has carried out for the past thirteen years, was to return to McCreesh Place to help heal others.