We know now that homelessness is not an intractable problem. It is a problem we can solve…” — Laura Green Zeilinger
Homelessness is on the rise in Wake County. The number of people who came in contact with homeless services increased by 31% from 2015-2017. Apex is not an exception.
To join the battle against homelessness, Western Wake Crisis Ministry offers the HOME Project. This new program is designed to help families and individuals within the Apex, New Hill, Friendship or Holly Springs area, who are at risk of homelessness.
✓ Meeting the definition of Severely Housing Cost-Burdened (paying more than 50% of household income for housing)
✓ Experiencing housing instability (moving from place to place, staying in hotels/motels)
✓ Household containing at least one child under the age of 14 or an adult over the age of 65 or disabled
✓ Meeting income guidelines
✓ Currently lacking other community resources and personal supports to help maintain stable housing
Participants will be paired with a social worker and a volunteer advocate who will work together as a team with the participant to stabilize housing and home finances. Together they will create a stabilization plan to be implemented with direct financial assistance and coaching from WWCM and the coordination of services with other community agencies.
This is a pilot project based on best practice models of re-housing and homeless prevention.