Oak City Cares is an essential part of ongoing improvements in how services are provided to homeless people and families. A planning team comprised of staff from the City, County, Partnership, and Catholic Charities met weekly to plan for the services that would be provided at the new center. Oak City Cares is a hub for connecting individuals and families, who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness, to coordinated services that create a path to stable housing and renewed hope. Services provided include; a non-emergency medical clinic, crisis mental health services, showers, laundry, phone charging, street outreach, housing information and referrals, and job training and referrals. Food distribution will continue on weekends at Oak City Cares, just as it had at the temporary facility since 2014.
The facility, which opened on April 10, 2019 was made possible by the support of the City of Raleigh and Wake County and collaboration of local nonprofit partners. Together we can make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring.