CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – For 18 years, the Samaritan House has been in Charlotte is a place for homeless people to stay after a hospital visit.
As of April 2023, the non-profit organization is temporarily closed.
Rodney Tucker, Samaritan House’s chief executive, hopes the closure won’t become permanent.
“It was horrible to be closed. We probably average 10 to 15 calls a day from people looking for housing or from social workers looking for housing for people who are in the hospital. It’s just sad to have to say no over and over again,” Tucker said.
Tucker said the board of Samaritan House launched a campaign entitled “save our home‘ to raise enough money to make repairs to the building and officially reopen it. The goal of the campaign is to raise $200,000 by July 2023.
“The Samaritan House is currently the only option for homeless people leaving the hospital. We lost a lot of our volunteers, our funding levels dropped, and then we had some problems with capital campaigns that weren’t budgeted. We had issues with the installation and then when we came in in the spring we had some issues with our HVAC system that left us with a cash deficit,” Tucker said.
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