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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 21: A general view of the Charlotte skyline during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 21, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The city of Charlotte issued a Stay at Home Order on March 26, 2020 in order to further combat the spread of COVID-19 in the community. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

If you’ve been in Charlotte for a while, then you have probably heard the motto, ”Charlotte’s Got A Lot”.  Well now, we have something new to add the list.  Earlier this week, the newest men’s shelter, “The Howard Levine Men’s Shelter”, opened.

The $5 million complex has capacity for 164 guests.  According to a press release, the new shelter includes a “full-service kitchen to prepare and serve meals and a learning lab. Staffing includes office space for on-site employment specialists and on-site housing navigators to meet one-on-one to support each guest in next steps to move out of homelessness.”  Individuals who were transferred to the motel-based emergency shelter provided during the pandemic will be the 1st residents in the new facility.

The Lucille Giles Center will continue to operate through at least March with a capacity of 116 men.  According to county data, there are over 3,000 homeless people in Mecklenburg county.  Check out the video below for a tour of the new facility.