A new plan was launched today to end homelessness in the Cape Fear region over the next ten years. In ten years, the plan hopes everyone in the Cape Fear region will have access to permanent and affordable housing. Right now, the average cost to rent a two bedroom apartment in Wilmington is $700. For a person getting paid minimum wage, that means nearly 70 percent of their income goes toward housing. Homelessness is not something you end overnight. But the plan has some basic goals that the board feels they can meet in a ten year time frame. The first goal is to prevent homelessness, also learning how to engage with the homeless community, and finally provide adequate support services for them. It is a lofty goal, but the board feels even if they help change a few people's lives, it is worth it.
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