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 approximately 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 2,759 different services, an average increase of 4 more referrals per family because we are so focused on providing families with as many resources and referrals to help them
  • total of 665 referrals for FY 2015/2016, an increase of 100% from previous year
  • Active case load of 459, an average of 40 children per month
  • 88% of children assessed through developmetnal screenings
  • Increased screenings by 25% since beginning of 2016 for socio-emotional & developmental delays
  • Over 875 people received training on Project CATCH & Trauma Informed Care
  • 61% of children receive mental health referrals 
  • Helped house & provide wrap around services to 12 hotel families with More Than A Roof Collaborative

What We Do


Project CATCH Partners

Meet the Project CATCH Staff

Meet the Advisory Council

Project CATCH is funded in part by: