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.
9am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday for weekend meals (enter at the side entrance)
1430 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
We are accessible via the #21 bus from downtown Raleigh.
Oak City Cares
1430 S. Wilmington St.,
Raleigh, NC 27603