Project CATCH - Community Action Targeting Children who are Homeless

Childhood homelessness is a serious societal issue that increases by 8% each year. In Wake County alone there are approximately 5,000 children ages 0-18 years old experiencing homelessness, with 2,700 of them as school aged children. Each night, nearly 300 children spend the night in shelters. With thousands more still on waiting lists or forced to find other places to stay by "doubling up" with family members, living in cars, or staying hotels.

In order to give these children the attention and care that the need, The Salvation Army partnered with The Young Child Mental Health Collaborative, Wake County Smart Start and the John Rex Endowment in 2011 to start Project CATCH, which works with 11 homeless shelters and programs in the area to ensure that they are able to correctly identify and address the needs of the children in their care. 

Our Vision: All families experiencing homelessness in Wake County have access to a coordinated system of care that nurtures the health and well-being of their children. We provide a continuum of care from the point of partner referral to family stabilization. 

The Facts:

  • Served over 1,200 children & their families
  • Provided 194 different services
  • 90% of children assessed through developmetnal screenings
  • Over 875 people received training on Project CATCH & Trauma Informed Care
  • 61% of children receive mental health referrals 

What We Do


Project CATCH Partners

Meet the Project CATCH Staff

Project CATCH is funded in part by: