Something to be thankful for: Homelessness declines in N.C.From North Carolina News Service:
Something to Be Thankful For: Homelessness Declines in NC
Stephanie Carroll Carson
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - This Thanksgiving, an increasing number of North Carolina families and individuals will celebrate the holiday at their own kitchen table, instead of on the street.
Statewide homeless rates are declining - down 11 percent in the last year - thanks in part to a change in how agencies assist the homeless population.
Placing individuals in housing used to be one of the last things on the to do list of strategies - but that's changing, explains Emily Carmody, project specialist with the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness.
"Once people have a stable place to live, they really are able to address a lot of the different issues," she stresses. "Finding a job, going to school, getting into treatment or recovery - all of that's a lot easier when you have a place to go home to at night." (contd.)
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