Community Resources

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act includes the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program that entitles children who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence to a free, appropriate education and requires schools to remove barriers to their enrollment, attendance and success in school. The McKinney-Vento Program meets the needs of homeless students attending Wake County Public Schools by addressing academic challenges and family issues affecting their success in school.

To learn more about Wake County, visit

To learn more about national trends and data through the Department of Education Data Files.

Raleigh Housing Authority: RHA is a Public Housing Agency,  managing over 3,800 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers in Wake County, Raleigh, Garner, Wendell, Fuquay–varina, Apex, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Rolesville, Fuquay Varina.

Housing Authority of the County of Wake: HACW serves 343 public housing units, provides Section 8  vouchers to over 400 participants and issues VASH housing vouchers to veterans experiencing homelessness.  The HACW also manages six rental houses for its affiliate, the Wake County Housing Finance Corporation (WCHFC).

Here are a few resources on how to document Chronic Homelessness in your program!

Chronic Homelessness Verification

Documentation Checklist

The Wake County Board of Commissioners approved the 20-year Wake County Affordable Housing Plan developed by the Affordable Housing Steering Committee. These strategies provide a strong roadmap to address our residents’ housing needs. By pursuing these tools, the county, along with its municipal partners, can increase the development of affordable housing while protecting existing affordable housing.

Wake County Affordable Housing Plan Executive Summary 

Wake County Affordable Housing Plan Full Document



Wake Network of Care is a one-stop resource directory to help you locate needed services and supports throughout the Wake community. The Wake Network of Care provides comprehensive information on local services and organizations and a Learning Center dedicated to topics related to health and well-being.

The White Flag initiative is a coordinated effort among emergency shelters in Wake County to provide additional emergency beds, above capacity during hazardous winter weather conditions.

The flyers below outline when and where individuals and families can find services on White Flag Nights.

White Flag Flyer 2018-19

Wake County partnered with SAS, Emergency Medical Services, Wake County Sheriff’s Office, and The Partnership to integrate and analyze key data from all three systems.  This provided data-driven insights into identifying a population with high utilization of police, jail, and health and social service systems, known as “familiar faces.”

Wake County SAS Study Executive Summary

The first federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness was launched in 2010 and amended in 2015 to reflect lessons learned and feedback provided from local communities. This plan reflects improved strategies, criteria, and benchmarks to ending homelessness for vulnerable families and individuals.

Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

National Resources

“Rapid re-housing provides short-term rental assistance and services. The goals are to help people obtain housing quickly, increase self- sufficiency, and stay housed. It is offered without preconditions (such as employment, income, absence of criminal record, or sobriety) and the resources and services provided are typically tailored to the needs of the person.” -National Alliance to End and Prevent Homelessness


Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Programs Dashboard Reports show claimed geography and geographic coverage changes for the previous two program years and also include information on each CoC’s awards by award amount, program type, and renewal type. The reports contain summary data from the Point-in-Time (PIT) count and Housing Inventory Count (HIC), which provide a quick overview of a CoC’s performance in serving homeless individuals with their CoC awards.

HUD Homeless Continuum of Care Dashboard Reports 

Each report provides counts for sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons by household type and subpopulation.

HUD Continuum of Care Homeless Population & Subpopulation Reports

Check out this interactive GIS tool on housing development and affordability across the U.S.

HUD Open Data Map

The CART Tool shows HUD’s investment in communities across the United States.


These reports give a detailed analysis and overview of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

Housing Authority HCV Voucher Data from the Voucher Management System (VMS) (US):

This report outlines the key findings of the 2018 Point-In-Time (PIT) count and Housing Inventory Count (HIC) conducted in January 2018. Specifically, this report provides 2018 national, state, and CoC-level PIT and HIC estimates of homelessness, as well as estimates of chronically homeless persons, homeless veterans, and homeless children and youth.

Annual Homeless Assessment Report (2018)

The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency in partnership with the Fair Housing Project has developed a guide on Fair Housing Practices for Tenants with Disabilities.