Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee

This Commission is composed of not more than 16 members, representing various focus areas or agencies (consumer, Buncombe County, supportive/permanent housing, mental health/substance abuse, legal, educational/university, etc.). The term of office is 3 years.

The Committee is responsible for implementing the Five Year Strategic Plan on Homelessness in Buncombe County.  Its duties include (1) conducting research and investigation into issues about homelessness, including causes and effects within Asheville and the surrounding area; (2) formulate and make recommendations on funding and policy to local governmental entities and social service agencies to reduce the incidence of homelessness; (3) act as a clearinghouse for information on local homelessness issues; and (4) other duties as requested by City Council, Board of County Commissioners, or as the Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee deems appropriate.

The Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Advisory Committee, a joint committee of Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Commission, exists to provide oversight for the implementation of the Five Year Plan by sharing, applying, and tracking groundbreaking strategies that make a permanent and measurable difference in homelessness in Asheville and Buncombe County.


Regular Meeting Schedule

The meetings for the Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee normally take place on the last Friday of each month, 9:00 a.m.  At this time, all committee meetings are taking place remotely on a virtual meeting platform.

Notice:  The next Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for April  29, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. with live comments.

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute § 166A-19.24(f) this will be a remote meeting which the public can access by any of the following means:

  • Watch live at https://www.publicinput.com/hub/88.
  • YouTube link for HIAC February 25, 2022 Meeting : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtvnadOBOLk
  • Listen live by calling 855-925-2801 Enter Code 9836
  • Live telephone comments for agenda items can be left by calling 855-925-2801 Enter Code 9836.  Press 2 to leave a comment/message
  • All comments will be shared with the Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee prior to the meeting but will not be read aloud.  

Meeting materials can be found below.



Member contact: Sara Coplai, Vice Chair, Philanthropy


Housing Subcommittee

Key priority/priorities: Expanding the affordable permanent housing inventory

Contact: David Nash

 Meeting details: First Tuesday of each month from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Housing Authority of the City of Asheville boardroom

165 French Broad Ave  Asheville NC 28801


Services and Resources Subcommittee

Key priority/priorities: Improve the effectiveness of case management
Safety, emergency, and transitional assistance services
Promoting and supporting accessibility of health care services
Prevention and diversion

Contact: Elizabeth Kelly

Meeting details: Second Friday of each month at 3 p.m.

United Way, conference room
50 South French Broad Ave
Asheville, NC 28801


Community Mobility Subcommittee

Key priority/priorities: Education, Employment, Transportation

Contact: Elvia Diaz

Meeting details: Monthly on the second Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Haywood Street Congregation Boardroom

297 Haywood Street



Note: Meeting materials for the next  HIAC meeting will be linked here several days before the meeting. The next HIAC meeting will be held in September; no August HIAC meeting will be held.


Meeting Materials  




April 29, 2022 Agenda

April 29, 2022 Documents

April 29, 2022 Recording

March 25, 2022 Agenda

March 25, 2022 Documents

March 25, 2022 Recording

February 25, 2022 Agenda 

Meeting is Canceled

February 25, 2022 Documents

Meeting is Canceled

February 25, 2022 Recording

Meeting is Canceled 

January 28, 2022 Agenda  January 28, 2022 Documents January 28, 2022 Recording  
December 10, 2021 Agenda  December 10, 2021 Documents   December 10, 2021  Recording 
October 29, 2021 Agenda October 29, 2021 Documents October 29, 2021 Recording  
September 24, 2021  Agenda  September 24, 2021  Documents September 24, 2021 Recording  
July 30, 2021 Agenda  July 30, 2021 Documents   July 30, 2021 Recording 
May 28, 2021 Updated Agenda May 28, 2021 Documents May 28, 2021 recording  
March 26, 2021 Agenda March 26, 2021 Documents  March 26, 2021 Recording 
January 29, 2021 Agenda January 29, 2021 Documents   January 29, 2021 Recording 
September 23, 2020 Agenda  September 23, 2020 Documents  September 23, 2021 Recording 
July 28, 2020 Agenda July 28, 2020 Documents July 28, 202o Recording  
February 25, 2020 Agenda February 25, 2020 Documents No Available Recording 
December 11, 2019 Agenda December 11, 2019 Documents No Available Recording 
October 22, 2019 Agenda October 22, 2019 Documents No Available Recording 
September 24, 2019 Agenda September 24, 2019 Documents No Available Recording 


For additional information, please contact Emily Ball at eball@ashevillenc.gov.


Review and Resource Documents



Notice of Funding Availability – ESG-CV Phase 2- December 7 2020 

FY 21 -Emergency Solutions Grants-Request for Applications

Notice of Funding Availability-Emergency Solutions Grants Supplemental Covid-19 Funding ( ESG-CV)

Emergency Solutions Grant- COVID-19 Project Application Scorecard

Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) 2019 Continuum of Care



Contact Information

Emily Ball
Homeless Services System Performance Lead



Updated 4/08/2022