Homelessness

Veterans Helping Veterans of America: Durham nonprofit aids combat veterans

Veterans Helping Veterans of America: Durham nonprofit aids combat veterans

Ted Stephens knows firsthand the challenges many U.S. military veterans face when they return from duty. He spent two years fighting in the Vietnam War as a member of the Air Force. He was at one time homeless, living out of his car in San Diego. He suffered through alcohol and drug abuse. He’s been clean for years, but admits… Read more →

CASA housing development unveiled for eleven veterans experiencing homelessness

CASA housing development unveiled for eleven veterans experiencing homelessness

On the coldest day of 2014 thus far, a few hundred people gathered on the morning of Nov. 18 to celebrate the completion of a new housing development: the Denson Apartments for Veterans. The construction of the apartment building, located at 1598 Sedgefield St., was overseen and managed by CASA, an organization that builds low-cost housing for people experiencing homelessness… Read more →

Stakeholders gather at ABC’s annual meeting

Stakeholders gather at ABC’s annual meeting

The reentry into society following incarceration presents an array of challenges, but the most fundamental hurdle is housing – a key issue at this year’s Antioch Builds Community, Inc. annual meeting. “Right now housing is the biggest issue we are facing,” said Alesha Jones-Garrett, regional former offender specialist at the North Carolina Department of Commerce and guest speaker. “We’re losing… Read more →

Commentary: Homelessness in Durham: Why it persists and how the city is fighting it

Commentary: Homelessness in Durham: Why it persists and how the city is fighting it

Editor’s Note: Staff writer Caitlin Ball was one of the photographers participating in the Oct. 10 Project Homeless Connect Durham event in which VOICE photographers made portraits for 55 people attending the support event at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. After spending the better part of the day meeting, talking to and photographing many Durham residents who wanted to improve their… Read more →

Unsung heroes of Housing for New Hope

Unsung heroes of Housing for New Hope

Rapid Rehousing Program Coordinator Cynthia Harris believes that affordable housing should be available to everyone. “We’re not afraid to talk to anyone,” Harris says. “And when people call us, even if we can’t help them, we’re willing to give them resources to put them in the right direction. We don’t want them to leave New Hope without having hope.” Harris,… Read more →

Coming in from the cold at the Durham Rescue Mission

Coming in from the cold at the Durham Rescue Mission

When resident William Spencer left his friend’s house at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 to catch the bus, he expected to be back at the Durham Rescue Mission’s Center for Hope in 30 minutes. He had no idea what the light snowfall would soon become. An hour later, when the bus still had not arrived, he decided to make… Read more →