Homeless in Havelock

Published: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 05:33 PM.

RCS has a 90-day emergency shelter that has 12 beds for men and six for women, plus two to three beds for families. It serves Craven, Jones, Pamlico and Carteret counties.

“That’s a lot of counties and not a lot of bed space,” Rogers said. “We don’t have enough bed space for the need. I’m turning people away a lot. It’s just the way it is.”

McFall, receives $992 in Social Security each month, but he won’t get that payment until next week. When the money arrives, McFall hopes he can rent a small, one-bedroom apartment and get himself on his feet.

The problem for the homeless increases as the temperatures decrease, as early Monday morning low temperatures in the region were in the 20s.

“When the weather gets cold we stay full,” Rogers said. “When the weather gets hot, we stay full.”

Havelock does not have a shelter, so those who are homeless turn to New Bern or Carteret County.

Tracey L. Chiacchia, 48, of Harlowe, sought help from Family Promise of Carteret County. Chiacchia said she had spent nights in her car after leaving her home in what she said was a domestic situation with her estranged husband.

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