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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
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

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🧰 Did you know we host job search support groups? Our friends at NCWorks hold monthly group roundtable discussions every third Tuesday of each month. This is a shame-free space to come alongside fellow peers seeking employment to share connections, ideas, and develop your job-hunting skills for a competitive edge in today's market. July's group is meeting TOMORROW at OCC at 2pm. Share this post for anyone in need of employment resources!...#endhomelessness #jobsearch #support #group #supportgroup #roundtable ... See MoreSee Less
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White Flag Cooling Stations have been extended thru Wednesday, July 17. See locations: cool and safe out there, y'all! It is dangerously hot. ... See MoreSee Less
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We're partnering up with Wake Technical Community College to bring friends of Oak City Cares a basic computer skills course! This class will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, July 16th & 17th in the OCC computer lab. Come learn basic computer skills to give yourself a competitive edge in today's workforce! ...#endhomelessness #service #class #computerskills #careerdevelopment #waketech #wakecounty #oakcity #wakecountync #raleigh #raleighnc #jobsearch #jobskills #love #care ... See MoreSee Less
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