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.



Visit The Code Purple Calendar for Cold Weather Emergency Shelter

Regular Meeting Schedule

The meetings for the Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee normally take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 12:00 p.m., Housing Authority Board Room, 165 S. French Broad Avenue. 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 October 29, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. 10:30 p.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.
  • 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: Eileen McMinn, Chair, Attorney at Law. 828 329-9809


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.


Agendas and Documents



October 29, 2021 Agenda October 29, 2021 Documents
September 24, 2021  Agenda  September 24, 2021  Documents
July 30, 2021 Agenda  July 30, 2021 Documents 
May 28, 2021 Updated Agenda May 28, 2021 Documents
March 26, 2021 Agenda March 26, 2021 Documents
January 29, 2021 Agenda January 29, 2021 Documents 
September 23, 2020 Agenda  September 23, 2020 Documents
July 28, 2020 Agenda July 28, 2020 Documents
February 25, 2020 Agenda February 25, 2020 Documents
December 11, 2019 Agenda December 11, 2019 Documents
October 22, 2019 Agenda October 22, 2019 Documents
September 24, 2019 Agenda September 24, 2019 Documents


Point-in-Time Count

The community’s annual Point-in-Time count occurred January 29, 2020, and results are below.  The count is a one-night snapshot of people experiencing homelessness in Buncombe County, rather than a comprehensive picture of homelessness in our community, but the count is conducted the same time each year with the same methodology so provides an overview of the population and trends over time.

Population 2020 2019 2018
Total 547 580 554
Chronic* 110 123 82
Veterans 218 256 247
Youth 15 29 23
Families 70 41 43

*Defined by HUD as 12 months of literal homelessness (shelter, street, car) and having a disability

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


Staff Liaison: Brian Huskey, Community Development Analyst-Homelessness Lead, 828-251-4048


Updated 10/01/2021