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Homelessness

The City supports the Cumberland County Continuum of Care on Homelessness, the lead entity for planning and the coordination of homeless activities in Cumberland County. The city does not receive Emergency Solutions Grant funds (ESG) and therefore the funding of homeless services is very limited. We remain focused on providing technical support for service providers. The City also funds a limited amount of homeless activities.

The Fayetteville Police Department continues to assign a police officer to provide a uniform way to work with and identify homeless persons. The program has facilitated an effective communications network between the City and local homeless providers. The Homeless Project Officer assist individuals with getting shelter, clothing, food, financial assistance and other necessities.

The City provides programs to assist homeless shelters in servicing the homeless through funds for emergency utility assistance, funds for supplies such as hygiene kits, blankets and shelter necessities. For those clients that successfully acquire self-sufficiency the city assist with a first time utility assistance grant to help the client’s move into permanent housing.

Programs provided by the Community Development Department to support shelters include:

Homeless Shelter Assistance
These funds are available to shelter providers for Emergency Utility Assistance in times when their funding is low and electricity is essential for extreme cold and extreme hot weather. This service is provided up to four times a year with a maximum grant of $1000 during the program year. Shelter providers may also be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses when providing needed items for the homeless. This grant is available once a quarter, with a maximum of $500 in the program year.

Utility Deposit for Homeless Clients
The Utility Deposit for Homeless Clients is a grant designed to assist homeless clients with out-of-pocket expenses needed to pay utility deposits (gas, electricity, water and sewer) when leaving transitional housing for permanent housing. The maximum amount of utility deposit will not exceed $300.00. The client must complete all assigned training and programs set by the Cumberland County Continuum of Care on Homelessness. The client must have been employed and financially stable for 6 months or more. If not employed, the client should receive some financial benefit from another reliable source. Shelter providers must make application for their clients to receive grant.