The final 2016 tracking statistics are in and they are remarkable!
The January 2016 Point in Time count, revealed
818 people experiencing homelessness in Raleigh.
Amanda Renfroe, Homeless Engagement Specialist, funded by Clark’s Promise, provided over 1600 services to 322 people in 2016!
The January 2016 Point in Time count revealed 818 people experiencing homelessness in Raleigh. Amanda was able to offer help and friendship to many!
Clark’s Promise supports the unsheltered homeless population of Raleigh. Many experiencing homelessness elect to reside in tent encampments, cars and hotels instead of area shelters. Amanda links these individuals with needed primary and behavioral health care, substance use disorder treatment, as well as help in obtaining benefits like Medicaid and food stamps. Her other responsibilities include assistance in obtaining housing and employment and she frequently provides our clients with transportation. Clark’s Promise also provides funding for incidentals such as food, clothing, tents, tarps, assistance with medications and bus passes through a grant to SouthLight Healthcare.
We have been anxious to see how we compare to other groups doing Homeless Engagement work, but the nature of this work is hard to capture with statistics. However, we know that Amanda has impacted the lives of hundreds of our neighbors experiencing homelessness.
Kathryn Schley, the Homeless Engagement Program Manager, also funded by Clark’s Promise with our partner SouthLight Healthcare, works to find best practices while also meeting the unique needs of our particular community. Together, they are a team that serves our homeless population and works with community partners to improve the service delivery system.
We are excited to see what we can accomplish in 2017,
and how many lives the Clark’s Promise funding can impact!