South Wilmington Street Center
For men experiencing homelessness, Wake County operates the South Wilmington Street Center. It is the largest of the city's eight homeless shelters.

Centralized Housing Intake for Single Women, Families and Youth
For women, families and youth, several nonprofits offer homeless shelters and rapid rehousing services. Placement into these programs is handled through a coordinated entry process, led by the Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness. Information about the process and how to begin can be found here.

Cornerstone Day Services
Wake County operates Cornerstone, a day center that provides services to persons experiencing homelessness.

Services Include:
  • Personal care items
  • Local phone
  • Cellphone charging station
  • Wifi access
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Message line & board
  • Mental health services information
  • Substance abuse services information
  • Travelers Aid (when available)
  • Local bus ticket for initial medical appointment
  • Mail

Cornerstone also offers the Community Outreach Team, which provides intensive, community-based services to individuals living with severe mental illness and experiencing homelessness. Eligible participants can receive mental health treatment and housing support.

Please call 919-508-0777 for information on services provided through Cornerstone.

McKinney Team
The Wake County McKinney Team offers behavioral health support to persons who are mentally ill and homeless. Through a HUD grant, the team provides outreach, assessment, assistance with housing access and on‐going support to maintain housing through medication management, therapy, and case management.

Wake Network of Care
The 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.

Homelessness Prevention

The Homelessness Prevention Program serves as an emergency resource for Wake County residents in a housing crisis and who are at-risk of experiencing literal homelessness.  

It provides a full array of housing support services to ensure that fewer citizens become homeless and that citizens who need affordable housing are matched to the affordable housing available in Wake County. Services are designed to help you remain in your current permanent housing or safely identify alternative permanent housing without entering the homeless system. 

The Wake County’s Homelessness Prevention Program receives all referrals through the Wake County Coordinated Entry System.