The effects of COVID-19 could continue far into next year for some of north Durham’s most vulnerable populations.

Area organizations working to address housing insecurity are dealing with an increase in unsheltered clients and a looming tidal wave of rental arrears and evictions.

“We have seen an increase in unsheltered people in the north for sure,” said Jessica Robinson, program manager for the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI), which assists people to secure and maintain housing.

Pre-pandemic, Robinson said the program, which is run by Community Living Durham North and serves residents of all three northern municipalities, generally saw about one unsheltered person coming in per week, but since the onset of quarantine measures, they have averaged up to three intakes weekly.