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.)

Podcast and entire story available:

About Lea McLellan
Lea McLellan is a freelance writer who likes to write stories about music, art, food, wellness and interesting locals doing interesting things.

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.