Individuals and families remain in homelessness much too long while going from agency to agency, navigating a multitude of services. 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.
According to a 2017 SAS Institute analysis of Wake County data from emergency medical, homeless, and jail services, 807 individuals had disproportionately high utilization, defined as at least one incident in all three services. Further, 26 people had high usage of all three services (defined as five or more incidents of jail and EMS interactions, in addition to high utilization of homeless services.) These recurring interactions are costly and, importantly, do not provide long-term, sustainable, and positive outcomes for the individuals involved.
Oak City Cares will quickly and effectively connect people with the services that will help them secure housing, find employment, improve health, and become valued members of our community.