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.



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Regular Meeting Schedule


The meetings for The Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 12:00 p.m., Housing Authority Board Room, 165 S. French Broad Avenue.

Notice: The meeting of the Homelessness Initiative Advisory Committee (HIAC) scheduled for Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 12:00 pm, has been postponed to a date/time/location to be announced as soon as possible.

Notice: The August HIAC meeting has been changed back to its regularly scheduled location at 165 South French Broad Avenue.




Member contact: Dan Garrett(Chair)


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


Meetings Agendas and Documents

Date/agenda Documents
2019/3/16 Agenda 2019/3/26 Documents
2019/4/23 Agenda 2019/4/23 Documents
2019/5/28 Agenda 2019/5/28 Documents
2019/6/25 Agenda 2019/6/25 Documents
2019/8/27 Agenda 2019/8/27 Documents
2019/9/24 Agenda 2019/9/24 Documents
2019/10/22 Agenda 2019/10/22 Documents



Review and Resource Documents


Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) 2019 Continuum of Care


Asheville-Buncombe Coordinated Entry Policy and Procedures 2018


Contact Information


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


Updated 10/17/2019

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