CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Men's Shelter of Charlotte says it will limit the number of men it houses each night, and instead focus on the causes of homelessness.
The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/YXJWiU) there's no specific cap in place. Current policy is to accept any Mecklenburg County resident, no matter how many men show up.
Men's Shelter Executive Director Carson Dean said he doesn't expect the decision to increase the number of men sleeping in camps or abandoned buildings. However, he said he hopes it will discourage some men from spending years in the shelter.
The new strategy calls for each man to develop a plan by which he'll get a job or improve his financial situation as quickly as possible.
Dean said the cap won't apply when inclement weather threatens homeless men.