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Wake Co. effort seeks to aid those who are homeless

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More than 1,200 people in Wake County are, or are at risk of, being homeless.

And that number doesn't include the 2,000 children in the same situation.

On Friday, Wake County offered some much-needed short and long-term help.

Hundreds of people who are homeless or faced with being homeless filled the Salvation Army in Raleigh for Wake Project Homeless Connect, a one-day, one-stop event to connect homeless people with essential resources.

Lea'Anna Jones, the mother of a toddler, said she was getting help with housing, daycare vouchers and clothes.

The Wake Project Homeless Connect helps connect those in need with basics like clothes and food but also job opportunities and legal counsel.

Donald McDonald with Wake Project Homeless Connect, noted how thin the line can be between having a safe home – and being on the streets.

“You can lose your job,” he said. “You can lose your home.”

To help, more than 80 groups plus volunteers including medical providers are offering free screenings.

Some are well overdue.

Gary Guyor, for example, said it was “extremely” important for him to have received dental care.

“It was setting up infections in other parts of my body so it was really important,” he said.

The reality here is that homelessness can happen quickly, and to almost anyone.

“All of a sudden you’re by yourself with no place to go,” said Rick Burton.

So Burton came for a free haircut and laundry service, compliments of the North Carolina Baptist Men.


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