Homeless Services and Shelters

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The Helen Wright Center for Women, Urban Ministries of Wake County

The Helen Wright Center for Women (HWCW) works to reduce homelessness by providing temporary housing and support services in a program to promote independence. Among these are:

  • Transitional shelter for 300 women who are homeless each year;
  • offering basic needs and case management to help homeless women move toward independence and permanent housing;
  • special programs such as yoga, women’s support group, game nights, pampering nights, and life skills workshops for job readiness, home ownership, self-esteem and health related issues.

The Helen Wright Center is open 4 p.m. until 9 a.m., Monday through Friday and 24 hours on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays

The Salvation Army of Wake County Women and Children’s Emergency

The Salvation Army of Wake County Women and Children’s Emergency Shelter is a 34-bed facility assisting homeless women with children and those fleeing domestic violence. Women with children looking for shelter in the immediate future should call and request to speak to a caseworker to be placed on the waiting list for admission. Women with children who are currently homeless are urged to call or visit the shelter at 4:30 p.m. for overnight-only admission. The Salvation Army maintains a waiting list for women with children only. The Salvation Army does not admit men or boys over the age of 12.


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