🌱 Homelessness Census Taken + Wake Co. Public Housing Concerns

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Happy Data Privacy Day Raleigh!

First, today's weather:

Cloudy, chilly; a p.m. shower. High: 48 Low: 31.

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Here are the top five stories in Raleigh today:

  1. On Wednesday night, the Raleigh Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness conducted its annual Point in Time Count, a census on homelessness. About 12 teams go across Wake County to identify who and how many people are homeless, hand out surveys asking for demographics, and handing out backpacks with items to aid individuals. The service helps determine how much money the area can receive for homeless services as well as what services are needed. (CBS17)

  2. Public housing in Wake County has been the target of major criticism, especially as the nations housing crisis grows. The Raleigh Housing Authority is blaming staffing issues for the growing backlog, saying there are 22 openings of 51 positions. Wake Forest residents say they have some of the worst public housing in Wake County. Both areas are hoping that Governor Cooper's affordable housing bond, and the possible Build Back Better Act might help provide acceptable affordable housing. (abc11, Wake Forest Gazette)

  3. Griffin Alexander Curtis has been charged in the car crash that killed twin sisters, Kayla and Morgan Kushner, on January 9. Curtis caused the crash on Avent Ferry Road when he crossed into the oncoming lane, hitting a car head on. He is now facing charges of felony death by vehicle, felony serious injury by vehicle, and driving while impaired. (WRAL)

  4. The Ukrainian Association of North Carolina is planning to host a rally on February 5 in hopes of sending a message to Raleigh neighbors, that Russia's threat to Ukraine, is a threat to democracy. As tensions rise and the U.S. considers providing military support, Ukrainian families in the Triangle fear that an invasion of their home country could lead to a third world war. The Ukrainian Association of North Carolina includes more than 19,000 people statewide. (WRAL)

  5. A new report from the state treasurer's office has shown that nonprofit hospitals in North Carolina are billing poor patients at a rate "three times the national average." According to state Senator Jay Chaudhuri, medical debt is the leading debt cause of bankruptcy in the state. Based on documents provided by various hospital systems, WakeMed was the only large system to spend more on charity care than it received in tax breaks. A bipartisan group of state lawmakers addressed the issue, stating there should be more oversight and reforms. (WNCT9)

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Today in Raleigh:

Bonus: RaleighMag things to do this week. (RaleighMag)

From my notebook:

  • It's Data Privacy Day, and if you're not familiar with some of the laws North Carolina has in effect, DataGuidance.com has quick summaries of some of your privacy rights

  • Warrior Tech Raleigh is hosting a spirit night for Jeffreys Grove Elementary School PTA tonight, starting at 6:00 pm.

  • The Red Cross is offering Amazon gift cards for blood donations, check out some of the blood drives near you. (Patch)

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CJ Fullford

This article originally appeared on the Raleigh Patch

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