Helping the Homeless

How we Help

The City provides funding to local agencies that assist people at risk of becoming homeless and people that are currently dealing with homelessness. Homeless prevention programs help people regain their financial and housing stability. Emergency shelters provide temporary residence for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Raleigh shelters are operated by Wake County and several nonprofit organizations. There is also supportive affordable housing is affordable housing with on-site services that help formerly homeless or disabled tenants live with dignity in the community.



Where to Find Help

The City of Raleigh has been working with the Raleigh Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness, Catholic Charities, and Wake County since 2014 in a very deliberate way with the goal of ending homelessness as we know it. 

Oak City Outreach Center at 215 South Person Street is a place where people who are hungry or homeless can find a meal, clothing and additional services. This center is open on the weekends and the services are provided by non-profit and faith-based organizations. Everyone is welcome here. More than 60 organizations provide warm food, clothes, and other services to approximately 340 people on weekends every month, about 60 percent of whom are homeless. More than 280,000 meals have been served here since June 2014 when the city began leasing the space to the partnership for $1 a year.

The City is working with the same partners to develop the NEW Oak City Center at 1430 South Wilmington Street. The new Center (anticipated completion early 2019) will provide coordinated services for families and individuals facing housing instability or homelessness. The focus of the new Oak City Center will be on tailoring services to the needs of each family / individual. In addition, the services and food distribution currently offered at the Oak City Outreach Center on weekends will be relocated to the new location and will continue to be offered on the weekends. The City of Raleigh has contributed $3.1 million to the development of Oak City Center. Catholic Charities will oversee the services offered at the new Center.

Help is just a phone call away. Reach out to one of the following agencies to become entered to receive services.  These agencies will ensure equal access for all persons seeking support for a housing crisis.


  • Triangle Family Services Coordinated Intake
  • Haven House Youth Services
    600 West Cabarrus St.
    Raleigh, NC 27603
  • InterAct
    1012 Oberlin Road
    Raleigh, NC 27605
    919-828-7501 (office)
    919-828-7740 (24 Hour Crisis Line)
  • Durham Veteran Affairs Medical Center
    508 Fulton Street
    Durham, NC 27705
  • Wake County Southern Regional Center
    130 N. Judd Parkway NE
    Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
  • Wake County Eastern Regional Center
    1002 Dogwood Drive
    Zebulon, NC 27597
  • Dorcas Ministries
    187 High House Road
    Cary, NC 27511
    919-469-9861 Ext. 203