The Guilford County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to give the Interactive Resource Center (IRC) in Greensboro $306,000 as part of the county’s effort to make the city’s Day Center for the homeless a 24-hour-a-day seven-days-a-week operation.
The item is expected to be on the Board of Commissioners agenda for approval at the board’s next meeting on Thursday, Dec. 7.
The IRC currently acts as a day center where homeless people can come in, keep warm, take a shower, see job listings, check their email, etc. – however, as part of the effort to address homelessness in Greensboro and Guilford County, the Resource Center is planning to soon provide those services all day and night.
The IRC, which opened about a decade and half ago, is not a shelter with beds, but instead is a place that helps the homeless in the city have access to the resources they need to remain healthy and engaged in society.
Five years ago, homelessness wasn’t considered a function of Guilford County government – it was handled almost entirely by the cities and towns in the county. However, after a massive realignment in the way services for the homeless were funded and administered five years ago, Guilford County took on additional responsibilities and, ever since, county leaders have been working with the cities of Greensboro and High Point to address the problem.
Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Skip Alston has stated that fighting homelessness was his number one priority for 2023; and he said this week that, though the progress wasn’t going as fast as he wished, it was still being made.
Alston said that helping provide funding for the IRC to remain open all day and night will help in that effort.
The IRC isn’t expected to add beds, but being open at all hours will make it a place of comfort and productivity on cold winter nights.