North Carolina News Service: Homelessness declines in N.C.

Something to be thankful for: Homelessness declines in N.C.

From North Carolina News Service:

Something to Be Thankful For: Homelessness Declines in NC

Stephanie Carroll Carson

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – This Thanksgiving, an increasing number of North Carolina families and individuals will celebrate the holiday at their own kitchen table, instead of on the street.

Statewide homeless rates are declining – down 11 percent in the last year – thanks in part to a change in how agencies assist the homeless population.

Placing individuals in housing used to be one of the last things on the to do list of strategies – but that’s changing, explains Emily Carmody, project specialist with the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness.

“Once people have a stable place to live, they really are able to address a lot of the different issues,” she stresses. “Finding a job, going to school, getting into treatment or recovery – all of that’s a lot easier when you have a place to go home to at night.” (contd.)

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