We assist single women and families in accessing affordable housing in a number of ways:
• Rapid Rehousing
• Targeted Prevention
• WCWC-owned housing
• Partnering with CASA
The Housing Team completes an assessment with women and families to determine if they are “housing ready.” Housing readiness includes having an income to pay rent and utilities or a voucher and an understanding of what it means to be a good tenant. The Team assists clients in identifying appropriate, safe, affordable housing, completes inspections of the properties, and aids in lease negotiation. In addition, with funds from the state, county, and contributors, the Team is able to help with deposits, first month’s rent, and rental or utility assistance. Case management is provided for a minimum of six months to insure housing stability, with many clients receiving over twelve months of case management.
With funding from the City of Raleigh and contributors, women and families who are facing potential eviction are able to retain their housing. National research indicates that true prevention occurs when those who are assisted most resemble the people who are found in homeless shelters. Therefore, our Targeted Prevention uses such criteria. The criteria are: (a) income for the household is less than 30% of area median income and (b) the household lives in one of the following zip codes – 27601, 27603, 27604, 27610, or 27529.
The Targeted Prevention Case Manager completes a thorough review of information on the women and families, including documentation of their income and rent or utility arrears. In addition, a housing inspection is completed to insure that the property is in good condition. A recommendation is then made regarding the cash assistance needed to insure that a woman or family are able to remain in their housing. Case management follow up continues for a minimum of three months to insure ongoing stability.
The Women’s Center owns two affordable single family homes. These homes are used to provide housing for single mothers with children who earn at or below 40% of area median income. Support services are also provided for these families to insure their ability to maintain housing.
Partnering with CASA
Case managers provide support services to maintain families in their housing at Oak Hollow. The same services are provided at Harrington Place for single women. On site services are regularly scheduled at both locations by four case managers. The focus of the services is not only individual support, but activities to build a sense of community among the residents.
Basic Needs Services address survival and safety needs of women and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Women’s Center provides the only day shelter for women and families in Wake County. Day shelter insures that women and children have a safe place to be during the day time hours. It also insures that they can get in out of the cold and rain or out of the harsh heat during the summer.
Services include food for improved nutrition, access to transportation (bus tickets), personal hygiene products, emergency food and food referrals, clothing, direct financial assistance, mail and message services, access to a phone, and aid in obtaining an identification card (vital to their ability to access other community services) and a criminal record check. In addition, Basic Needs Services are often the portal of engagement to other support services we provide, such as recovery readiness for substance abusers and engagement for mental health treatment, and/or our housing assistance.
The Supportive Services Program provides case management, financial assistance counseling, homeless prevention, and health education and testing. Case management for individuals can range from an assessment of strengths and needs to full support in attaining and maintaining the client’s goal of self-sufficiency.
Homeless prevention is provided to those who earn at or below 50% of area median income. We assess their homelessness risk and then work with each woman or family to determine goals to be set and financial assistance to be provided to help them maintain their housing. Assistance and support can range from a single occurrence to several months, depending on the needs of the household.
Health education and services are provided in a variety of ways. All women and families we serve who are homeless are encouraged to connect with Horizon Healthcare and are provided with a referral letter. Those who are not homeless are informed of services at the Open Door Clinic and the Wake County Human Services clinics. HIV/STD testing is provided twice a month on site by Wake County Human Services.
Free and Confidential HIV, STD, & Hep C Testing
Where: Women’s Center of Wake County
112 Cox Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27605
When: 2nd and 4th Mondays 12:00-2:00pm
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