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Officials from both Fayetteville and Cumberland County announced on Thursday that they were forming a partnership to get the areas homeless off of the streets.  The concern regarding the increasing amount of homeless in the city has been on the hearts of officials for quite some time but they just weren’t sure how to approach it.

In 2014 the number of homeless people in the county was at an astonishing 384, including 126 families, and another 472 people are at risk of becoming homeless. Around Forty-six organizations are working in the county to provide transitional housing for 270 homeless people.

Mayor Nat Robertson had this to say about the initiative:

“Our goal is not to not give somebody a handout, but it’s to give them a hand up, help them with resume building and job training and that kind of thing, too. Affordable housing is certainly a key.”

Officials will be monitoring how Wake County addresses its homeless situation to decide how they will handle their own. Wake County’s director of housing, Anne Marie Maiorano spoke on the initial model that they have in place:

“The model that we have in Wake County is to try and place somebody in housing and then to do the follow-up case management and make sure that they’re OK, make sure that they’re functioning well, that they’re maintaining their employment, if they’ve got mental health needs that they’re seeing their doctor.”


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