The Campaign for King's Ridge

Our Vision: Room for Everyone

 

In August of 2019, CASA purchased six acres of land in Raleigh near Wake Medical Center as the future site of the King’s Ridge Apartments. King’s Ridge will end homelessness for single adults and families, reducing the number of people experiencing homelessness in Raleigh/Wake County by 10%.

CASA’s vision for King’s Ridge is to emulate Charlotte’s Moore Place community, and other nationally recognized supportive housing models, as a high-quality, affordable apartment community that ends homelessness. King’s Ridge will provide permanent housing for up to 100 households, serving both individuals and families. The property main floor will include community space, offices, and access to wrap around supports like case management, integrated primary and mental healthcare, employment, and childcare support. The site is well located minutes from downtown Raleigh with a public bus stop across the street.

 

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About King’s Ridge

Key Components

  • Access to permanent and affordable housing. Residents will pay one-third of their income for rent and can renew their lease year after year.
  • Minimal barriers to participation. King’s Ridge will be home to single adults and families who live with disabilities, histories of homelessness, and insufficient credit to qualify for conventional housing.
  • Housing First model. This model recognizes the importance of stable housing as the first step in addressing other life challenges. Once housed, residents partner with case managers to determine which supportive services they need to increase long-term success in their new homes.
  • Comprehensive, accessible wraparound services. Residents at King’s Ridge will have easy access to supportive services, including case management, employment assistance, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, childcare navigation, connections to public assistance programs, and other services to prevent evictions and ensure residents understand their rights and responsibilities as renters.
  • Personal voice and choice. Like a resident of a traditional apartment community, King’s Ridge residents will sign a lease, have control over their own lives and schedules, and can come and go as they please. They can direct the array and intensity of services they receive by working with a service provider to set individual goals.
Debra-King

CASA’s King’s Ridge apartments will be named in loving memory of our longtime CEO, Debra King.

Sharon and Tremayne

 

Who will live at King’s Ridge?

Raleigh and Wake County desperately need more affordable apartments for both single adults and families. Ending homelessness for single adults leads to better health outcomes and more positive participation in the community. Ending homelessness for families with children disrupts a generational cycle of poverty and decreases the likelihood that children and youth who live at King’s Ridge will experience homelessness as adults.
At King’s Ridge, single adults and families will live in community with one another, just as they do in neighborhoods and apartment communities across the city. We envision King’s Ridge as a vibrant community that meets residents where they are and is designed with supports for aging in place. The community will feature adult and child-friendly flexible spaces for counseling, meetings, and various activities.

How will residents be selected?

Our commitment is to end homelessness at King’s Ridge. Updates about who should apply will be posted here and shared with project partners as the project progresses.

Can I refer a future resident for King’s Ridge?

Yes, when most of the funding for King’s Ridge is in place and the architectural plans are approved, we will share the qualification requirements and an application for those who would like to live at King’s Ridge. We understand that a number of our neighbors are already eager to submit applications, and we are committed to creating a clear process as soon as we can.

King's Ridge will reduce Wake County homelessness by more than 10%

Impact

  • In 2019, 970 individuals were homeless in Wake County: 70% were adults, and 30% of were families with children.
  • With up to 100 apartments, King’s Ridge will reduce this number by over 10%
  • King’s Ridge will target chronic homelessness among those earning less than 50% of the area median income (AMI), with an emphasis on those lower than 30% AMI

Financials

CASA estimates total project costs at $13.7 million. This estimate is inclusive of a five-story building with up to 100 units, elevators, and a main floor of meeting space for services. CASA invested the first $1m with the purchase of the six acre site. In addition to funding construction, we will also establish a King’s Ridge Sustainability Fund to provide ongoing operational support.

Construction

CASA owns the land on which King’s Ridge will be built. Construction will begin when approximately 90% of construction funding is pledged and secured. We are hopeful that we can begin construction in 2022.

Campaign Giving

To make a gift to this campaign, please contact CASA’s Senior Director of Resource Development, Missy Hatley, at (919) 307- 3435 or email mhatley@casanc.org. If you have additional questions, we’ve put together a helpful list of FAQ’s related to King’s Ridge that you can review below. Thank you for helping to strengthen our community. 

Meet our Campaign Leadership Committee

The Campaign Leadership Committee is a group of dedicated volunteers, passionate about ending homelessness in Raleigh. They aid CASA in fundraising and use their expertise to guide us in decision making around King’s Ridge. We’re so grateful to have each of them on our team.

Molly Painter

Molly Woodruff Painter, Chair

Molly is a strong advocate for homeless woman. Years of volunteering within the homeless community has allowed her to understand and see firsthand the battles they must fight daily to accomplish even the simplest of tasks. She has become great friends with many of the women she works to help, and they have given her permission to be their voice. Molly says, “King’s Ridge is a great solution to the problem of chronic homelessness, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the solution for my friends”.