City of Asheville will not move forward with an emergency shelter at Ramada 

    The original plan The City of Asheville had originally planned to create a high-access emergency shelter at the Ramada property. This was in response to a critical and urgent need in our community to provide shelter for people with complex issues who are otherwise underserved. The City had started sheltering unhoused people in [...]

Business Inclusion Office shares local success story

Recently, the Business Inclusion Office contracted with the local temporary staffing firm UpStaff Personnel Inc to help contact women and BIPOC business owners for City of Asheville certification. This helped to increase the number of these businesses certified as Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) through our office. Getting these businesses certified is one [...]

Voices from the Emergency Shelter Part 2: Timmy W.

This month, the City of Asheville is sharing stories from people who have been staying in the emergency shelter at the Ramada Inn. Our partners at Sunrise Community for Recovery & Wellness have connected us with people at the Ramada who are interested in speaking about their experiences. We at the City of Asheville are [...]

Voices from Asheville’s Emergency Shelter, Part 1: Tony and Lisa

    This spring, the City of Asheville began providing rooms for unsheltered people experiencing homelessness at several hotels in the area, including at the Ramada Inn, 148 River Ford Parkway. This incredible opportunity was made possible by an unprecedented level of federal funding from several sources. It played a key role in keeping our homeless community [...]

Homelessness: How our whole community wins when we invest in ending homelessness

  Read Part 1 and Part 2 of our series on homelessness solutions in Asheville.   Homelessness issues in Asheville are long-standing and complex. Right now, the City of Asheville has an unprecedented level of resources available to help end chronic homelessness and build the homeless service system we need to best [...]

City of Asheville’s Business Inclusion Office launches AVL Pathways to Grow training program

  The City of Asheville’s Business Inclusion Office is excited to announce a new training program for local small businesses, AVL Pathways to Grow. The training program is geared towards helping women and small business owners of color to grow and scale up their businesses.   AVL Pathways to Grow is a collaboration between the City’s Business Inclusion [...]

An update on how the City of Asheville is addressing homelessness

    Homelessness in Asheville has long been a serious and complex issue. The COVID-19 pandemic has both highlighted and heightened this reality. While the homeless service system we’ve had in Asheville has ended homelessness for a small number of people annually, it’s never had the resources to operate at a scale that will make homelessness truly [...]