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Roof Above purchases hotel to transform into housing units

Charlotte non-profit Roof Above purchased the hotel on Clanton Road to transform into permanent housing for 88 families.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte non-profit is getting creative when it comes to solving homelessness in the community.  Roof Above just purchased an 88-unit hotel that will eventually be transformed into permanent housing. 

The hotel, at the intersection of Clanton Road and Interstate 77, will be open this winter as an emergency shelter for women and families.  Renovations will begin in summer 2021 to transform the hotel into more permanent housing for more than 80 families facing homelessness.  

While affordable housing has long been an issue in Charlotte as the city exploded in growth and development, the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem for one of the city’s most vulnerable groups.

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“As the pandemic has created financial challenges for hotels and motels nationally, nonprofits like Roof Above are stepping in to buy facilities we can use for important public purposes – creating a win-win for everybody,” said Liz Clasen-Kelly, CEO of Roof Above.

The $12 million renovation will include a kitchen in each unit as well as a support wing dedicated to provide services for individuals looking for resources and support. 

When complete, the new housing will replicate Moore Place, a Charlotte housing community that offers supportive housing for 120 individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness.

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The hotel will serve an important purpose through the winter.  Roof Above suspended a winter shelter program due to the pandemic and needed a place to help house and shelter women and children in the community.  The purchase of the hotel will allow the group to immediately open up rooms for those families. 

The project will be paid for through a CARES Act grant from the city of Charlotte as well as donations from the Springsteen Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation and a significant financial contribution from the McKibbon Family Foundation. 

Roof Above currently operates a service center, two year-round shelters and more than 400 units of supportive housing in the city.  It also operates a treatment program for substance use disorders. 


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Greenwood deputies locate inmate who climbed a recreation yard fence and escaped from detention center’s roof

GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) said they located an inmate who escaped from the Greenwood County Detention Center on Friday.



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According to the sheriff’s office, at approximately 8:10 p.m. Dwight Dawayne Smith climbed a chain-link fence inside a fully enclosed recreation yard, made it onto the roof, and then scaled down an exterior wall escaping from the detention center. Smith was believed to haven been able to obtain a ride out of the area.

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Deputies said staff at the detention center discovered the escape during the nightly formal head count at approximately 9:50 p.m.

GSCO said they were joined by South Carolina Highway Patrol to search for Smith. During the search, bloodhounds were able to locate half of the inmate’s orange inmate uniform at the corner of Park Avenue and Owens Street. The other half was initially found on the roof along with Smith’s blood.

Deputies described Smith as 5’9″, 180 pounds, and possibly wearing a white t-shirt, white long sleeve thermal undershirt, white thermal underpants, and white socks. It is believed that Smith sustained cuts to his legs from the razor wire.

GSCO said Smith’s last known address was Taggart Street in Greenwood.

The sheriff’s office said smith was incarcerated on May 21 for three counts of Burglary 3rd Degree, one count of Burglary 2nd Degree, four counts of Grand Larceny, two counts of Petit Larceny, one count of Malicious Injury to Personal Property and a Probation Violation. Smith was bond was denied for the said crimes.

Major Smith with GCSO said Smith was located and taken back in custody at approximately 6 a.m. Sunday morning after receiving an anonymous tip that he was at a residence on Edgefield Street, which is the same road that the detention center is on.

Officials said Smith has been charged with escape and bond for the charge will be set Sunday afternoon.

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Greenwood deputies locate inmate who climbed a recreation yard fence and escaped from detention center’s roof | News

GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) said they located an inmate who escaped from the Greenwood County Detention Center on Friday.

According to the sheriff’s office, at approximately 8:10 p.m. Dwight Dawayne Smith climbed a chain-link fence inside a fully enclosed recreation yard, made it onto the roof, and then scaled down an exterior wall escaping from the detention center. Smith was believed to haven been able to obtain a ride out of the area.

Deputies said staff at the detention center discovered the escape during the nightly formal head count at approximately 9:50 p.m. 

GSCO said they were joined by South Carolina Highway Patrol to search for Smith. During the search, bloodhounds were able to locate half of the inmate’s orange inmate uniform at the corner of Park Avenue and Owens Street. The other half was initially found on the roof along with Smith’s blood.

Deputies described Smith as 5’9″, 180 pounds, and possibly wearing a white t-shirt, white long sleeve thermal undershirt, white thermal underpants, and white socks. It is believed that Smith sustained cuts to his legs from the razor wire.

GSCO said Smith’s last known address was Taggart Street in Greenwood.

The sheriff’s office said smith was incarcerated on May 21 for three counts of Burglary 3rd Degree, one count of Burglary 2nd Degree, four counts of Grand Larceny, two counts of Petit Larceny, one count of Malicious Injury to Personal Property and a Probation Violation. Smith was bond was denied for the said crimes.

Major Smith with GCSO said the inmate was located at approximately 6 a.m. Sunday morning at a residence on Edgefield Street which is the same road that the detention center is on.

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Greenwood deputies looking for inmate who climbed a recreation yard fence and escaped from detention center’s roof | News

GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) is looking for an inmate escaped from the Greenwood County Detention Center on Friday.

According to the sheriff’s office, at approximately 8:10 p.m. Dwight Dawayne Smith climbed a chain-link fence inside a fully enclosed recreation yard, made it onto the roof, and then scaled down an exterior wall escaping from the detention center. Smith was believed to haven been able to obtain a ride out of the area.

Deputies said staff at the detention center discovered the escape during the nightly formal head count at approximately 9:50 p.m. 

GSCO said they were joined by South Carolina Highway Patrol to search for Smith. During the search, bloodhounds were able to locate half of the inmate’s orange inmate uniform at the corner of Park Avenue and Owens Street. The other half was initially found on the roof along with Smith’s blood.

Deputies described Smith as 5’9″, 180 pounds, and possibly wearing a white t-shirt, white long sleeve thermal undershirt, white thermal underpants, and white socks. It is believed that Smith sustained cuts to his legs from the razor wire.

GSCO said Smith’s last known address was Taggart Street in Greenwood.

The sheriff’s office said smith was incarcerated on May 21 for three counts of Burglary 3rd Degree, one count of Burglary 2nd Degree, four counts of Grand Larceny, two counts of Petit Larceny, one count of Malicious Injury to Personal Property and a Probation Violation. Smith was bond was denied for the said crimes.

If you have any information please contact the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office at 864-942-8600, by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME SC, or by sending tips to the GCSO Facebook page. 

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