ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 18, 2016)–The Orange County Manager’s Office is pleased to announce Corey Root will serve as the County’s new Homeless Program Coordinator. She will begin working on Monday, March 21, to lead and coordinate the effort to develop a comprehensive approach to ending homelessness in Orange County.  

Ms. Root will serve as the primary contact while collaborating with the staff from the Towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough on program initiatives, as well as providing staff support to the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness (OCPEH) Leadership Team and subcommittees.

In this role, Ms. Root will work collaboratively with the Orange County Social Services and Housing Departments to assist at-risk and currently homeless individuals in pursuing services. Additionally, she will provide updates of the OCPEH Plan to End Homelessness in collaboration with the Leadership Team and subcommittees—working throughout the year to achieve the goals and strategies outlined in the Plan.

In April 2013, Ms. Root joined the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness (NCCEH), a statewide membership nonprofit that works to secure resources, encourage public dialogue, and advocate for public policy change to end homelessness. She worked on the team that manages the NC Balance of State Continuum of Care (CoC), comprised of 79 mostly rural counties in North Carolina.

The CoC coordinates HUD funding through grants, sets priorities and program performance measures and implements new initiatives, such as coordinated assessment.

Ms. Root has an extensive background in public administration and has previously worked in Africa for Doctors Without Borders and for the State of North Carolina. She earned a Masters of Public Administration from NC State University and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Film and Television.