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Who Are We?

 Oak City Cares is a hub for connecting individuals and families, who are at risk of, or are experiencing homelessness, to coordinated services that create a path to stable housing and renewed hope.

Our staff coordinates services offered by human service
professionals, medical providers, and other specialists from multiple partners at one location.

Oak City Cares replaces the Oak City Outreach Center, previously located near Moore Square with a facility that is six times larger.

Since 2014, the Oak City Outreach Center served 1,200-1,800 meals each weekend in a collaboration among the City, the Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, private funders, and the generosity of more than 70 volunteer organizations and faith communities. 

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Who is homeless in Wake County?

Nearly 5,500 people in Wake County experienced homelessness last year, and that number increased by 25% over the prior year, even as it declined in North Carolina overall. On any given night in Wake county, approximately 1,000 people are homeless. In the 2016-2017 school year, nearly 3,500 students in Wake County Schools were identified as homeless. 

Why are people homeless?

The reasons for homelessness are complex:

  • The fast-growing Wake County population (66 people per day)
  • A lack of affordable housing
  • Barriers to accessing services.

Individuals and families remain in homelessness much too long while trying to navigate the multitude of services, going from agency to agency and often not knowing which services will best meet all of their needs. When people remain homeless for long periods, they become isolated and lose hope due to the lack of social supports that are necessary for anyone to overcome homelessness.

Our Provider Partners

These organizations are part of the ever-growing list of those collaborating to provide medical assistance, behavioral health care, veterans’ services, outreach, employment services, and coordination of care and support to Oak City Cares guests. Visit our Providers Page for the full list of partners.

Salvation Army's Project CATCH
Advance Community Health - Primary Healthcare/Integrated Behavioral Health
Haven House Services - Homeless Youth Services, Street Outreach and Coordinated Entry Support
Interact - Domestic Violence Services and Coordinated Entry Support
Monarch Health - Behavioral Health
StepUp Ministry - Employment Training Program
The Durham Veterans Administration - Veteran's Services
The Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End Homelessness
Wake County Human Services - Public Health - Immunizations and Health Testing
Wake Network of Care - Resource Support
WakeMed HEART Team - Street outreach for unsheltered individuals with serious mental illness
Triangle Family Services - Street outreach for unsheltered individuals
SNAP Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
SouthLight Healthcare
FIGS of Wake County

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We had so much fun this week at Oak City Cares! We’re grateful to Annie Pennington and True-Way Holiness Church in Raleigh for dropping off toiletries. True Way has given so many in-kind donations this yearThanks to Steve from Swinerton, and all the subcontractors who collected socks and shower supplies for Oak City Cares. Fidelity Investments came by our facility on Tuesday to serve as part of their Fidelity Cares campaign. RedRover and Greater Good Charities hosted Don’t Forget The Pets to educate our community about pet-inclusive housing programs and facilities. Finally, Campbell University’s Blanchard Law Clinic held their first monthly Ask-A-Lawyer session at Oak City Cares. We are so grateful to add their expertise to our repertoire of services for our friends. More sessions with Campbell/Blanchard will be announced in the coming weeks! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

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Blanchard Law Clinic will be holding their first Ask-A-Lawyer session at Oak City Cares this Thursday at 1pm. We are happy to offer this new service to our guests in partnership with Blanchard....#endhomelessness #lawyer #law #askalawyer #campbelluniversity #service #help #education ... See MoreSee Less
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Please note that we will be closing early at 3pm on Wednesday, September 20th. ... See MoreSee Less
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