Hundreds at risk of homelessness in Raleigh, Wake County

A Wake County agency set up to reduce homelessness is facing a huge influx of requests for assistance Even as you struggle to help people who are already in need find permanent homes.

The Raleigh Wake Partnership to End Homelessness is often the first point of contact for people facing homelessness in the Raleigh metro area – those who may be evicted or displaced due to rent increases, development projects, disasters or demolitions.

The nonprofit operates a crisis hotline that helps connect people to emergency shelters, programs that move people to stable and permanent housing, and programs that can provide financial assistance. Essentially, they coordinate referrals to local nonprofits and government programs.

This week, calls to the partnership hotline rose after city building inspectors deemed a local hotel unsafe, forcing long-term residents to leave. WRAL reports that the Quality Inn hotel on New Bern Avenue has had 14 failed inspections since January, and lacks working smoke alarms, emergency lights, and carbon monoxide detectors.

The hotel residents told WRAL that they had nowhere else to go.

City Councilor Corey Branch said the city is working to find housing for people, but local nonprofits are already overwhelmed, according to a press release from The Raleigh Wake Partnership to End Homelessness.

The partnership is already working to relocate 626 people, who are currently staying in temporary shelters or receiving street outreach services, to permanent housing. The press release stated that the delay they encountered created a bottleneck, resulting in a backlog of 475 pending referrals to the shelter.

“The fallout from the pandemic, the cost of living and housing shortages have resulted in a huge waiting list for services in our community,” CEO Kim Crawford said in the press release.

“Our hearts go out to the guests at the New Bern Avenue as they are likely to be at the end of a very long list of people who have also experienced departure notices.”

The nonprofit is calling an emergency meeting today to try to address the crisis.

In the statement, Crawford said: “This situation highlights the gaps in our society that prevent the homeless response system from being properly adapted to meet the needs of our neighbors. We need durable housing solutions, preventative programs and transfer funds to keep people in similar situations like our neighbors in New Bern from entering the system. Absolutely “.

how can I help

If you want to help people at risk of homelessness, there are some immediate things you can do.

  • Partner with a housing provider by renting out your property through the Wake County Landlord Sharing Unit. Enrolling through the Lease 2 Home program can provide financial incentives.
  • Does your religious community or civic organization have flexible funds that can be used for conversion initiatives? Contact us at [email protected] or call 919-443-0098.
  • Donate to the Raleigh Wake Partnership to End Homelessness

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