HUD funding will help Eastpointe combat homelessness

BEULAVILLE — On Tuesday, Dec. 20, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $1.95 billion to more than 7,600 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Eastpointe is proud to be among those programs that were funded. These Continuum of Care (CoC) grants will help end homelessness and provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

HUD continued to challenge CoCs to support their highest performing local programs that have proven most effective in meeting the needs of persons experiencing homelessness in their communities. Eastpointe’s award includes 4 renewal projects and 2 new projects. Of the new projects, one will expand housing resources that are currently offered in Wilson and Greene Counties. The other project will service the Southeastern region of Eastpointe’s catchment area including Bladen, Columbus, Robeson, and Scotland Counties. This marks the first time that Eastpointe will be offering Permanent Supportive Housing resources in this region. With this award, Eastpointe will be able to offer Permanent Supportive Housing within all 12 counties in its catchment area.

Eastpointe will use these funds to support its Permanent Supportive Housing Program (PSH), offering Shelter Plus Care housing to families and individuals who are homeless and have a severe mental illness. The new projects will target those who are chronically homeless. The program will provide rental assistance in connection with supportive services offered by Eastpointe’s Network Providers. The monthly rental subsidy will pay a portion of or the full amount of rent based of the household’s ability to pay (30% of household income). The program will help to end homelessness among those who face mental illness while providing resources to assist them in becoming self-sufficient.

About Eastpointe: Eastpointe is a Local Managed Care Organization (MCO) that manages, coordinates, and monitors the mental health, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and substance use/addiction services in 12 eastern counties of North Carolina. Eastpointe works together with individuals, families, providers, and communities to achieve valued outcomes in our behavioral healthcare system. To learn more, visit the Eastpointe website at To access services, contact the Eastpointe toll-free Call Center at 1-800-913-6109.