Homeless Strategy

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Visit The Code Purple Calendar for Cold Weather Emergency Shelter

Current Funding Opportunities


Code Purple Emergency Shelter

The City of Asheville and Buncombe County have collectively made $100,000 available to support Code Purple Emergency Shelter in the 2022-2023 winter season.  Participating Code Purple providers are invited to submit a funding request detailing the following:


  • Organization name and brief background summary of mission and scope of services
  • Organization contact
  • Number and location of designated Code Purple beds available
  • Population eligible for shelter
  • Commitment to service delivery in adherence to the spirit of Code Purple, ensuring shelter is meaningfully accessible to people in need as long as they are able to safely participate
  • Commitment to providing data to the Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee, in partnership with City staff
  • Total Code Purple budget and specific funding request, including amount and intended use


Funding requests should be submitted to Emily Ball at eball@ashevillenc.gov by October 10, 2022 at 5 p.m. and will be reviewed by the Finance Workgroup of the Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee (HIAC).  The workgroup will make funding recommendations to HIAC for consideration and approval at their October 28, 2022 meeting.


The City of Asheville serves as the NC-501 Asheville-Buncombe Continuum of Care Lead and accordingly facilitates community access to funds for homeless and housing programs from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Annual funding opportunities include the Continuum of Care and Emergency Solutions Grant cycles.  For additional information please contact Emily Ball, Homeless Strategy Division Manager at eball@ashevillenc.gov.



Notice of Funding Opportunity: Emergency Solutions Grant


The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS), Division of Aging and Adult Services has issued a Request for Applications for FY 2022 – 2023 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding.  The NC-501 Asheville-Buncombe Continuum of Care is eligible for $128,187.  The City of Asheville serves as the NC-501 Asheville-Buncombe Continuum of Care Lead and is responsible for facilitating the application process and final submission.

Eligible Activities

NC ESG funds are intended to be used as part of a crisis response system using a low-barrier, housing-focused approach to ensure that experiences of homelessness are rare, brief, and occur only one time.  Within that framework, eligible activities can include:

  • Street Outreach
  • Emergency Shelter 
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) or comparable database for Victim Service Providers

Eligible applicants are non-profit or local government agencies.

Funding Availability

A total of $128,187 is available to our community.  No more than 60% of funds ($76,912) may be awarded to Emergency Services projects (Street Outreach and Emergency Shelter), and no less than 40% ($51,275) may be awarded to Housing Stability Projects (Rapid Rehousing and Homelessness Prevention).

Process and Timeline

As the NC-501 Continuum of Care Lead, the City of Asheville facilitates the application process and final submission to NC DHHS.  Project applications are included in the final submission based on recommendations from the Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee, which serves as the governance board of the NC-501 Continuum of Care.  NC DHHS will only consider recommended applications, will make final award decisions, and will contract directly with funded applicants.  Funds will support services to be delivered during calendar year 2023.

All dates, except where noted, occur in 2022.  All materials should be submitted to Emily Ball via email at eball@ashevillenc.gov.  


August 19

Letter of Intent to Apply due describing anticipated application amount and eligible activity

September 9

Project Applications due

September 15 

Applicants present to Finance Workgroup

September 16

Applicants notified of Finance Workgroup recommendations

September 23

Finance Workgroup presents recommendations to Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee for vote 

September 27

Revised project applications due as needed; applications recommended for full funding will not require revision or additional action

October 3 

City of Asheville submits all application materials to NC DHHS


NC DHHS announces funding decisions

January 2023

NC DHHS initiates contracts with awarded applicants


Additional Resources

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in one of the technical assistance sessions offered virtually by NC DHHS:

Tuesday, July 26, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Thursday, July 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (new applicants)


Tuesday, August 2, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.


How To Apply

Project applications and additional details are available here

All questions and application materials should be submitted to Emily Ball, Homeless Strategy Division Manager at eball@ashevillenc.gov.



Notice of Funding Opportunity: FY2022 Continuum of Care 


The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs published the FY2022 Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Opportunity on August 1, 2022, with submissions due September 30, 2022.  Continuum of Care funding supports homeless and housing programs across the country; the City of Asheville serves as the Collaborative Applicant for the NC-501 Asheville-Buncombe Continuum of Care, so is eligible to facilitate the FY2022 Competition locally and to submit the Consolidated Application on behalf of the community.  The Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee (HIAC) serves as the governance board for the NC-501 Continuum of Care, and its Finance Workgroup has reviewed, scored, and ranked all applications received by the August 31, 2022 local deadline.


At its September 13, 2022 meeting, HIAC voted to approve the Consolidated Application, which consists of the Continuum of Care Application and the Project Priority Listing, based on Finance Workgroup recommendations, and recommended that the City of Asheville as the Collaborative Applicant submit the Consolidated Application to HUD by its September 30, 2022 deadline.


The HIAC-approved Consolidated Application is available for review and includes the:


Projects recommended for funding in the Priority Listing are:


Rank  Applicant Project  Amount


Housing Support for Domestic Violence Survivors (RRH) $172,622

City of Asheville

HMIS $63,744
3 Homeward Bound

Bridge to Recovery (PSH)


4 Homeward Bound

Shelter Plus Care (PSH)

5 Homeward Bound

Permanent Supportive Housing 2

6 Homeward Bound

Permanent Supportive Housing 3

7 Homeward Bound Permanent Supportive Housing 5 $217,381
8 Homeward Bound

Permanent Supportive Housing 1

9 Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound Rapid Rehousing 1

N/A City of Asheville Planning Grant $55,034
Total:     $1,977,474





Understanding Unsheltered Homelessness

The City has partnered with Buncombe County and Dogwood Health Trust on a collaborative project to better understand and respond to unsheltered homelessness.  That collaborative has contracted with the National Alliance to End Homelessness to lead the project, which began in June 2022 and will conclude in January 2023.  To learn more, visit the Understanding Unsheltered Homelessness project page.





Point-in-Time Counts

The United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) requires that all communities that receive HUD funding to address homelessness conduct a Point in Time (PIT) Count sometime in the last 10 days each January to identify how many people are experiencing homelessness on a given night. 

The PIT count is a one night “snapshot” of the homeless population in Buncombe County, including those in emergency shelters, transitional housing or who are unsheltered, i.e., sleeping outside or in other locations not suitable for human habitation. It provides a picture over time of trends and changes in the population, such as increases in veterans, unsheltered people, or people who are chronically homeless. 

The dashboard below shows data from the January 25, 2022 count. Click here for detailed methodology and limitations.

To view the PIT count presented on May 10, 2022 please click here

System Performance Measures

We use a Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS) to capture data on who is experiencing homelessness in Buncombe County, what their characteristics and needs are, and how they interact with community services.

Many service providers participate in HMIS, contributing data which informs our understanding of homelessness in Asheville and Buncombe County. Service providers in our community can receive training on how to use this system and contribute their data; currently, approximately 66% of service providers in our community use the HMIS, which accounts for 59% of the total beds.

The service providers participating in HMIS are ABCCM, Eliada, FIRST at Blue Ridge (for 26 of their beds), Haywood Street Respite, Homeward Bound, Salvation Army, Sunrise (phasing out), and Trinity Place (phasing out).

The dashboard below explores HMIS data from our community, and highlights some of the key metrics used nationwide to track homelessness. However, because only approximately 66% of service providers in our community use the HMIS, the data below is incomplete, and only reflects a portion of Buncombe County. Given this, it should be interpreted with care. See this document for further information.

We hope that providing this data hub will encourage other service providers to use the HMIS. Our efforts go further when we are able to easily share information with each other. If you are a service provider and are interested in learning more about using HMIS, please contact Emily Ball at eball@ashevillenc.gov.

Note: All years in the dashboard refer to federal fiscal years, which run from October 1 through September 30.

Contact Information

Emily Ball – Homeless Strategy Division Manager