Wake County housing program offers thousands in incentives for landlords to increase affordable housing units

WRAL Investigates
BY JOE FISHER, WRAL reporter
Posted August 24, 2022

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A new Wake County program is offering thousands of dollars in incentives to landlords who increase the number of affordable housing units.

The pandemic and rising rent have brought the problem into clear focus. With even more people on the brink, the 1,534 people experiencing homelessness in Wake County is a 68% increase compared to 2021, according to Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End Homelessness Executive Director Kim Crawford.

“We all get to be reminded that parts of our community are thriving, but not the entire community is thriving,” Crawford said.

Wake County is short about 400 units — or addresses — for its homeless population and short more than 50,000 affordable units.

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If you are experiencing homelessness or about to become homeless, you can call the Access Hub at 919-443-0096 or complete the form at https://partnershipwake.org/access-hub/.

How you can help

There are many options for supporting the systems-change work necessary to right-size our homeless response system.
1. Become a Housing Provider Partner by renting your property through Wake County’s Landlord Engagement Unit. Signing up through the Lease 2 Home program could provide financial incentives!

2. Does your faith community or civic organization have flexible funds that could be used for diversion initiatives? Contact us at hello@partnershipwake.org or call 919-443-0098.

3. Become a System Sustainer by signing up as a recurring donor. Your financial support provides the capacity necessary to transform our homeless response system to adequately meet the critical needs of people experiencing homelessness in our community. Donate at https://partnershipwake.org/together/.

4. Want to stay informed or get involved? Sign up for the Partnership Newsletter at https://partnershipwake.org/sign-up-for-email/

About The Raleigh Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness

The Raleigh Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness (Partnership) leads a collaborative network of community partners focused on solutions to end and prevent homelessness in our community. The Partnership’s mission is to leverage the power of community to address systemic causes of homelessness through coordinated response, education, data, and advocacy, so every Wake County resident can have safe and affordable housing. To find out more about our work or to make a monetary investment in ending homelessness today, visit https://partnershipwake.org/donate.

About Wake County Continuum of Care (CoC)

The Raleigh Wake County CoC plans, develops, and implements comprehensive and coordinated strategies across funding sources and systems to address homelessness in Raleigh/Wake County. The CoC is governed by a board composed of community members invested in the issue of homelessness. The CoC Board is an independent entity, but is not incorporated, so must appoint a local entity to conduct business on behalf of the Board and CoC at large. The Raleigh Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness is appointed as the Lead Agency, Collaborative Applicant, HMIS Administrator, and Coordinated Access System Lead. To find out more about our work, visit https://wakecoc.org/.