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OCPEH releases reports on homeless system performance measures, Point-in-time count

Orange County reported an average length of time homeless of 340 days, up from 272 days the previous year, in the annual System Performance Measures report. The median length of time homeless also increased, from 138 to 162 days.

System Performance Measures report on twelve months of data from emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent housing programs. The data in the report is from Oct. 1, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2018 (Federal Fiscal Year 2017-18).

“Our goal is for homelessness in Orange County to be rare, brief and one time," says Corey Root, Homeless Programs Coordinator for Orange County. "By brief we mean people end their experience of homelessness as quickly as possible, on average of 30 to 90 days."

Orange County also reported 131 people experiencing homelessness in the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count, a decrease from 152 people reported last year. Since 2010 there has been a 3% decrease in the overall number, from 135 in 2010 to 131 this year. From 2010 through 2018, the number of people experiencing homelessness decreased 15% nationwide and decreased 26% statewide.

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Applicants Needed for Orange County Climate Council

Orange County is seeking applicants for one at-large resident position on the Orange County Climate Council. The Board of County Commissioners appoints a representative to this council.
Applications will be accepted through August 2, 2019. 
The Climate Council was jointly formed by Orange County, Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough as a collaborative effort along the municipal governments, the school systems, UNC and residents to accelerate joint action on climate change issues. The Climate Council works to share successful approaches and identify both joint and individual opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect County residents.
If interested, apply at .

Orange County strives for diversity on volunteer advisory boards. Minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must reside in Orange County.

For additional information call Thom Freeman-Stuart 919-245-2125.

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Orange County to host workshop exploring working, starting your own business & volunteer options

The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to attend Working, Starting Your Own Business, or Volunteering after Retirement: Exploring Your Options, a free workshop for mature job seekers.

Are you searching for a full-time or part-time job? Exploring a new career? Thinking about starting your own business? What do you want to do?

Discover the endless possibilities available to retirees. Experts will share valuable information to help improve your job search or career exploration, offer resources for starting your own business, and guidance on volunteering.

The event will take place on July 17, from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Durham Tech’s Orange County Campus, 525 College Park Road in Hillsborough.

Refreshments provided. Participants are asked to register by Friday, July 12.

For more information or to register, please call Mike Komives at 919-616-8778 or email
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Elections staff receives state certification, Dementia Friendly training

Orange County Elections Director Rachel Raper announced that all full-time staff with the Board of Elections now hold the title of Certified North Carolina Elections Administrator.

To become CNCEA certified, applicants had to complete an exam focusing primarily on election law, rules and administration; participate in all election cycles held within a two-consecutive year period; and attend at minimum three trainings conducted by the State Board of Elections.

The Orange County Board of Elections has renewed their designation as a Dementia Friendly Facility through training provided by the Department on Aging.

Filing for Municipal, CHCCS Board opens July 5

Filing for municipal elections for the Town of Carrboro, Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Hillsborough, and City of Mebane and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education begins at noon, July 5, and runs until noon, July 19. Visit the Orange County website for more information.

Orange County parks to be open July 4

Did you know that all Orange County Parks will be open July 4? You can visit all of our parks that day. Little River Regional Park and Blackwood Farm Park have some great hiking trails. Fairview Park, Efland Cheeks Park and Cedar Grove Park have playgrounds, walking paths, ball fields. Riverpark is part of the Hillsborough River Walk and a great stroll next to the Eno River.

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Let’s Play Nice: Decreasing Polarization Through Civil Conversations

There's a lot of stress these days among family members and friends who are politically divided. In this Better Angels skills workshop offered through the Orange County Department on Aging, you will learn and practice skills to have respectful conversations that search for common ground, clarify differences, and affirm the importance of the relationship.

After instructions, you will pair with someone from the same political persuasion: “Red”/conservative leaning or “Blue”/ liberal leaning.  
Register for either the Red or a Blue Skills workshop. Snacks provided.

In the fall both groups will come together to practice their skills through civil conversations.
Register by: Tue, Jul 2, call 919-245-2015
Facilitator: Cathy Cole, Better Angels
Passmore Center, 103 Meadowlands Dr., Hillsborough, NC
Red Workshop
Thursday, July 11, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Blue Workshop
Friday, July 12, 1 - 4:30 pm

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