2018 State ESG Competition Has Closed

The State of North Carolina released a Request For Applications (RFA) for Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds on July 17, 2018. The City’s Department of Community Development manages the local competition for these funds and is responsible for compiling and delivering to the State Durham’s Regional Application and associated Project Applications. The local deadline for Project Applications was August 31, 2018. Read more . . .

2018 CoC Homeless Grants Competition Update

The City of Durham’s Community Development Department is applying for more than $1.5 million in federal funds to help house homeless people in Durham.. More information about the 2018 CoC Homeless Grants Competition is available on the 2018 Continuum of Care page.    

Coordinated Entry System Policies & Procedures Approved

The Homeless Services Advisory Committee (HSAC), Durham’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Board, approved these Coordinated Entry System Policies & Procedures on January 22, 2018, via an email vote due to the 8-12 inch snow that blanketed Durham on January 17 and caused the cancellation of the HSAC’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Report Analyzes Durham CoC & Recommends Improvements

Focus Strategies, a company devoted to using analytics to help communities reduce and end homelessness, revised its October 2017 report in early 2018 to include modeling the impact of different strategies on the size of Durham’s homeless population. The firm had been engaged by the City of Durham, on behalf of the CoC, to conduct an analysis of Durham’s homeless system performance and make recommendations for system redesign. Read more . . .

Chronic Homelessness Ended Among Veterans

Following a two-year effort, Durham has been recognized by the federal government for effectively ending chronic veteran homelessness.  Read more . . .

You Can Help End Homelessness in Durham

Durham Opening Doors is a groundbreaking and ambitious campaign to engage all sectors of the Durham community in a revitalized effort to confront and overcome homelessness rather than just managing it. The overall goal is to reduce the length of time that any homeless person would stay in an emergency shelter to less than 45 days. Please express your commitment to be a partner of Durham Opening Doors by becoming a member of Durham’s Continuum of Care; the Membership Agreement can be returned to the City of Durham’s Community Development Department.

The Plan proposes to reduce homelessness by:

Closing the Front Door: We are preventing homelessness in the first place by working more closely with mainstream poverty programs to ensure that those most at risk of homelessness are receiving assistance they qualify for. Opening the Back Door: We are enabling homeless people to access permanent housing more quickly by increasing the supply of affordable housing and permanent supportive housing, ensuring that people have incomes adequate to pay for basic needs, and providing appropriate services for those who need them.   Did you know that . . . On any given night in Durham, approximately 350 people are experiencing literal homelessness, including approximately sixty people living in unsheltered situations, e.g. living in a car, camping in the woods, sleeping in downtown doorways, etc. 14% of  the homeless people in Durham are children. 17% of homeless adults are veterans. 38% of homeless Durham adults indicate that unemployment is the primary cause of their homelessness. 15,000 households in NC District IV, a Congressional District representing much of Durham County, pay more than 50% of household income to maintain housing. 13% of Durham’s homeless people report wages as a source of income.

“Welcome Home” is the message that Durham seeks to give every person struggling to survive without adequate housing.

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