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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

1 week ago

Oak City Cares
As we near our 5th Annual Birthday Bash, we want to take a moment to shoutout our sponsors! Our friends at the AJ Fletcher Foundation have been with us since the beginning. Not only have they been valiant supporters, but also advisors, advocates, and companions of our team and our mission to end homelessness in Wake County. As we celebrate 5 years, we are especially excited to celebrate AJ Fletcher Foundation!Don't have tickets to our Birthday Bash yet? Make sure to grab yours here: interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=E346369&id=28 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Oak City Cares
City of Raleigh - Government hosted a informational meeting and luncheon for Wake Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) at Oak City Cares, and involved our friends in discussion about expansion of bus stops in the South Corridor of the city. This was a wonderful opportunity for Oak City guests, many of whom take the bus to reach our service center, to offer feedback to city planners on how to make mobility in Raleigh more accessible. As Raleigh grows, we greatly appreciate the city involving and listening to the feedback of those who use public transit the most -- our unhoused neighbors. ...#endhomelessness #cityofraleigh #publictransportation #service ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Oak City Cares
As we near our 5th Annual Birthday Bash, we want to take a moment to shoutout our sponsors! We're once again thankful for Tom and Pat Gipson's continued investment in our mission to end homelessness in Wake County. As champions of our work for the last five years and beyond, we can't wait to celebrate them at our Birthday Bash!Don't have tickets to our Birthday Bash yet? Make sure to grab yours here: interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=E346369&id=28 ... See MoreSee Less
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