There are more than 1,000 individuals who currently live without permanent housing in North Carolina’s Research Triangle area. For more than 25 years, CASA has been working to provide these individuals, families, and U.S. veterans with a place to live and establish roots in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.
Keep reading to understand the problem of homelessness and how you can chip in.
Homelessness in Durham
How Big of a Problem is Homelessness?
Most of us head home at the end of the day and relax in front of the TV or with a good book. But for a segment of the population in Durham, NC, that’s not the case. Adults, children, and families who are homeless often spend a good portion of their day wondering where they’ll sleep that night.
Approximately 1,200 people used shelter and transitional housing services in Durham in 2017. About 300 people went without housing entirely at some point. With the growth of the city, the problem of homelessness is expected to grow, too.
How Does CASA Combat Homelessness?
For more than a quarter-century, CASA has provided affordable and permanent housing for those who need it. Our tenants can sign renewable year-to-year leases for apartments and housing. By creating a stable, permanent residence for families, parents can focus on helping their children with homework, cooking healthy meals, and more, while kids can make friends, ride the bus with their peers, and participate in afterschool activities.
Our nation’s veterans can enjoy the dignity of having a permanent home. Those who are living with disabilities — usually as a result of their service — can receive assistance through CASA’s individualized property management.
With our CASA Workforce Housing model, tenants spend 30% of their income on housing. That means they no longer have to make a tough decision on whether they should buy medicine, provide food, or pay rent. This affordable housing solution lets working individuals and families live with access to transportation and healthy food. It also allows them to invest and establish emergency savings.
How Can You Get Involved?
CASA relies on the donations of individuals and groups. Your generosity contributes greatly to us creating and acquiring new homes, maintaining the homes we currently offer, and supporting our tenants.
You can also volunteer your time through a number of positions in the office and by aiding in the upkeep of more than 500 apartments. Contact us today if you’d like to help stop homelessness in Durham.