Located in downtown Greensboro, one block from The Depot, the IRC is a place for people to congregate in a safe space, connect with important services, and join in fellowship with one another.
Every night in Greensboro, more than 900 people go to sleep homeless — in shelters, under bridges, in the woods or in cars.
Each day, approximately 200 people experiencing homelessness visit the IRC for support and community.
Since opening in January of 2009, we have served more than 11,000 individuals.
Greensboro is ranked 9th in the nation for Metropolitan Statistical Areas experiencing food insecurity.
According to the National Coalition to End Homelessness, nearly half of all people experiencing homelessness are employed.
Many people experience homelessness because they live so close to the poverty line that one illness or job loss leaves them without a home.
In Greensboro, most panhandlers are not actually experiencing homelessness, which is why it is important to support an organization like the IRC that supports the people who truly need it.
Studies show that it would actually cost a city less to provide housing for all of its community members than to continually manage the challenges of homelessness.
Each year, scores of our neighbors experience homelessness. In 2016, more than 800 were children, 120 reported being victims of domestic violence and 430 were veterans.47% of Guilford County’s homeless population is homeless due to unemployment or underemployment.
1 in 5 households in Guilford County regularly do not have enough money to buy food. 15% or more of our households struggle to buy even the basic necessities.
The IRC provides referrals to food pantries, hot meals and other assistance. Our landscaping is planted entirely with free, edible food for the picking. On site, we also provide support for Share the Harvest and Food Not Bombs, two local organizations addressing hunger.
Many of the services people seek from the IRC are offered through partnerships with other agencies on-site, including: Cone Health Congregational Nurse Program, Family Services of the Piedmont Medical Clinic, Congregational Social Work Education Initiative, Food Not Bombs, Bicycling in Greensboro, GTCC, Lanier Law Group and Veterans’ Affairs.
Veterans represent 12% of North Carolina’s homeless population.
Twice as many men and as women experience homelessness in Guilford County.
Average length of time experiencing homelessness in Guilford County in 2016 was 84 days.
In the 2015/16 school year over 2,750 students experienced housing instability.
17.3% of Guilford County residents live in poverty.
More than 25% of children in Guilford County live in poverty.