Raleigh's Rising Crisis

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Raleigh continues to be ranked as one of the best cities to live in the country.  In 2015 Raleigh’s population grew over 2% making it the ninth fastest growing city in the country (Forbes). You probably have felt the growth from the construction sites adding time to your commute. Like many other growing cities Raleigh is faced with the issue of having a lack of affordable housing.

A recent editorial in the News & Observer said “The amount of affordable housing in and around downtown Raleigh and elsewhere in Wake County is declining as real estate values rise thanks to a flood of global investment dollars. Fewer traditional starter homes are being built, and affordable rental projects are being redeveloped to target higher income tenants.” The N&O also stated “Absent adequate affordable housing, those who make a city or a county go – police, firefighters, municipal workers, college students, public school teachers – can’t afford to live in that city.”

Without affordable housing available many families will be at risk of cycling in between homelessness, emergency and institutional systems. Executive Director of Families Together Lisa Rowe stated in an N&O Op-ed piece “According to recent data from the Wake County Public School System, the number of homeless children and youth in our school system has increased a mind-numbing 56 percent in the past seven years. Additionally, the numbers are increasing more rapidly – a whopping 27 percent in the past two years.”

This why we need you! Together we can face the issue of child homelessness, and give them the opportunity to thrive.

When you give today the Stewards Fund will match your donation making your impact even greater! Your $50 donation becomes $100; your $100 donation becomes $200 and so on. WHAT A DIFFERENCE YOU CAN MAKE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD!

Michael Hooker