As the weather gets colder in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the holiday season approaches, it becomes imperative to consider the questions: can we solve homelessness in the NC Triangle? And how can I help?
When most of us think of happy holidays, we remember escaping the cold outdoors to gather with family in your home to celebrate. That’s why at CASA, winter is an especially important time to give North Carolina people the dignity of a permanent home. Here are the three steps to making a real difference this winter.
Step 1: Know the Facts
It’s important to understand the breadth of the problem to help tackle it. According to statistics from 2016, 818 people experience homelessness in Wake County, 354 in Durham County, and 80 people in the Chapel Hill/Orange County area. That means a total of 1,252 people need our help finding homes in the NC Triangle.
The winter is an especially problematic time for the homeless. Hypothermia kills an estimated 700 people without homes each year. And while shelters can be a temporary solution, people need the security of a real home.
From veterans with disabilities to people with mental health concerns, providing permanent housing is the first step to helping those in need overcome obstacles and succeed.
Step 2: Donate!
Solving homelessness in the NC Triangle is no easy task, and every bit of help is appreciated. Whether you donate your money or your time, we welcome your support at CASA. Get started by checking out our volunteer opportunities or donate online. You can also get your friends and family involved by fundraising for CASA this holiday season.
Step 3: Stay Up-to-date
While the holidays are the times when people usually think about giving back, North Carolinians experiencing homelessness need your help all year round. Stay current on the issues by reading our impact blog.
From learning how your donation can impact the community this holiday season to how to support housing for people with disabilities, we’re dedicated to providing valuable information to our community on the need for affordable housing.