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 THE PROJECT 


OVER 2,000 
 

ORANGE COUNTY

RESIDENTS

 

FLED FROM DOMESTIC

VIOLENCE IN 2019. YET,

NO SHELTER EXISTS IN

THE COUNTY 

THE PROJECT

In 2019 we had more than 250 calls requesting emergency housing. And we have seen those numbers continue to increase in 2020. Orange County currently has no emergency housing. To escape a desperate situation, victims and their families must flee to shelter in another county far from family, friends, jobs, and schools or risk homelessness to get away from their abusers. 

Rapid placement in secure housing is crucial to reducing risk, yet adequate emergency housing remains the most critical gap in meeting our county’s domestic violence needs. 

A PROVEN FLEXIBLE APPROACH

Concern over this gap prompted Chapel Hill entrepreneur Marilyn Jacobs Preyer and Compass Center to take action. With funding from Jacobs Preyer and others, Professor Rebecca Macy from the UNC School of Social Work documented domestic violence needs in Orange County and researched successful emergency housing programs being used nationwide.  

 

Based on these findings, Compass Center is raising funds for an innovative and compassionate new housing strategy that empowers victims of domestic violence, provides safety for them and their children, and keeps them in their community. 

STRATEGY - SCATTERED EMERGENCY HOUSING

We will lease 3 to 6 apartments across Orange County to shelter domestic violence victims for a few days up to three months. Known as “scattered housing,” this leasing strategy has proven successful for communities across the state and nation.  
 

THE HARD TRUTH

2500+

ORANGE COUNTY RESIDENTS REPORTED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN 2019

94%

CLIENTS SERVED BY THE SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT OF THE ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WERE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 

253

PEOPLE REQUESTED EMERGENCY HOUSING IN 2019, YET WE WERE ABLE TO PLACE ONLY 15 ADULTS AND 5 CHILDREN LOCALLY FOR BRIEF HOTEL STAYS

MORE RESOURCES TO MEET MORE LIFE SITUATIONS

SHORT-TERM EMERGENCY HOUSING

This new program will allow us to provide immediate assistance (food, rent, transportation) for families needing to flee.

RENT ASSISTANCE & TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

For families who aren't in immediate trouble, longer-term support ensures a successful transition to safe, stable housing. Ongoing case management helps women & families build secure lives and a strong foundation for the future.  

FLEXIBLE FUNDS

For families who want to pay for their own housing, we offer direct financial support which covers relocation costs, utilities, car repairs, and food assistance.

Compass Center for Women and Families | 210 Henderson Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 | 919-968-4610 

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