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2019 Continuum of Care Applications Being Accepted

The Department of Community Development, the Durham CoC’s Lead Agency, has reopened its ZoomGrants website for the submission of project applications for the 2019 Continuum of Care Homeless Grants Competition.

The same website is available to any eligible organization that wishes to submit a pre-application and application for the 2019 Continuum of Care Domestic Violence Bonus that is a part of this grants competition.

Additional information is available at the website.

2019 Combined Applications Being Accepted

The Department of Community Development is accepting applications for over $770,000 to assist people experiencing homelessness. The deadline for applying for these funds is August 30, 2019 at 3 PM. More information, including answers to several submitted questions is available at this link. Applications are being accepted via this ZoomGrants.com website.

2019 Point In Time Count Shows Increase in Unsheltered Count

The Durham community conducted its annual Point in Time (PIT) Count of people experiencing homelessness on January 23, 2019. The total count increased to 361 people from 338 people in 2018, a 6.8% increase. The count of people unsheltered on the night of the PIT Count increased to 81 people in 2019 from 53 people counted in 2018; this was a 53% increase. This file contains more information about the 2019 Durham PIT Count, including the number of families and children who were literally homeless.

Revised Coordinated Entry System Policies & Procedures Approved

The Homeless Services Advisory Committee (HSAC), Durham’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Board, unanimously approved these revised Coordinated Entry System Policies & Procedures  at its meeting on June 26, 2019.

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.

If you have suggestions for improving this website or questions about Durham‘s homeless people not answered here, you are most welcome to contact us.