Oak City Cares Weekday Services will be closing at 12pm on Friday, May 24th, and will remain closed thru Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day Weekend.

Weekend Meals will continue to operate for normal hours May 25th and 26th from 9am to 6pm, and for holiday hours May 27th from 11am to 3pm.

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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.

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Who is homeless in Wake County?

More than 6,000 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 experiencing homelessness. In the 2022-2023 school year,  5,143 students in Wake County Schools were identified as homeless, which represents an 8% increase over the previous school year. 

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
NC FIT
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
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

6 days ago

Oak City Cares
We want to thank the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Agape Chapter of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church for nominating us for their St. Nicholas grant. They generously awarded us $2,500 to support our Weekend Meals program. We are grateful to Christina and the rest of the St. Nicholas grant committee for caring for our Wake County neighbors experiencing food insecurity with warm, nourishing meals. ...#PhiloStrong #endhomelessness #care #service #oakcity #raleigh #raleighnc #wakecounty ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Oak City Cares
What a surprise! Kishan from Coastal Credit Union stopped by to give a gift as part of their Random Acts of Kindness giveaway to support unhoused neighbors. Needless to say this brought smiles to all of our faces! Coastal Credit Union has proven an ally of our unhoused neighbors as of late, not only supporting us financially, but volunteering their time and giving Oak City Cares an outreach platform at their branches. Thank you Coastal for coming alongside our friends in need! ...#endhomelessness #care #service #oakcity #raleigh #raleighnc #wakecounty #coastal24 #support #thankyou #gratitude ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Oak City Cares
Faculty and staff from NC State University's Poole College of Management cleaned and organized our facility last week! We're thankful to partner with them, and we are grateful for how they are raising up our future local nonprofit leaders!...#endhomelessness #volunteer #ncvolunteer #ncstate #wolfpack #wakecounty #service #partnership #collaboration #community #cares #raleigh #oakcity ... See MoreSee Less
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