Service Update: Memorial Day Hours

Oak City Cares will close at 12:00 pm on Friday, May 26th and remain closed on Monday, May 29th for Weekday Services. Memorial Day meal serving times are 11:00 am, brunch, and 1:30 pm, mid-day meal.  Advance Community Health will be open for services on Friday, May 26th and closed on May 29th.

Road Closure

Beginning March 31, the road in front of Oak City Cares will be closed from just south of our building to the S. Wilmington Street and Keeter Center stoplight. This closure is expected to last about a month. Traffic is being diverted to Fayetteville Street. From there, detour signs will be used to direct traffic.

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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. 

Hear More About Oak City Cares

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

3 days ago

Oak City Cares
⏰Reminder: In observance of Memorial Day, Oak City Cares will close Weekday Services at 12:00 pm on Friday, May 26th and remain closed on Monday, May 29th. We will be open for Meal Services on Monday, May 29th from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Advance Community Health will be open for services on Friday, May 26th and closed on Monday, May 29th.Please see the flyer for our complete holiday service hours. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Oak City Cares
Wake County will hold a COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Clinic next Tuesday, May 23rd, at Oak City Cares. No appointments required, no ID or insurance needed, and all ages and all doses available. 🩹 ... See MoreSee Less
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Oak City Cares
𝗔 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗳𝗲𝗹𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗿𝘀 who brought towels for our shower services. 🚿 We are delighted to share these with our guests. #BasicNeeds #caringfriends ... See MoreSee Less
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