With the Asheville weather forecast of overnight temperatures in the upper 20s and low 30s the next few days, the Homeless Coalition has issued a Code Purple for Asheville and Buncombe County for tonight, Nov. 22, and Thanksgiving, Nov. 23.
Please encourage people to seek safe shelter from the cold.
The CODE PURPLE effort stems from the collaborative work of the Homeless Coalition, which is a collective of agencies, faith groups, and individuals experiencing homelessness that works on an ongoing basis to address the needs of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Asheville area shelters are offering emergency cold weather services to people who are currently experiencing homelessness and would not otherwise have a safe, warm place to stay.
To minimize risk to people in Asheville and Buncombe County, when the temperature falls below 32 degrees (or the equivalent with the wind chill factor) area shelters will designate a CODE PURPLE. Persons experiencing homelessness will have the opportunity to come inside and warm up during the day, even if a shelter would typically be closed. Extra floor, cot, and bed space will be available at overnight shelters to ensure that no one has to stay outside. Shelters are encouraging emergency workers and police to urge people outside at night to come inside.
Children ages 0-6 with a sibling up to age 10 can be placed in an Angels Watch home free of charge. Parents or shelters can contact 828-775-0837 for immediate child placement.
To avoid confusion at the shelter door, law enforcement officers and those making shelter referrals should check the client’s sex offender status and call the shelter to make sure an individual is not banned from their facility and that overflow space remains available. Shelters hosting children are not able to host registered sex offenders.
Shelters offering CODE PURPLE services include:
ABCCM Veteran’s Restoration Quarters
1329 Tunnel Road Asheville, NC 28805
Men only seeking shelter can access the Veteran’s Quarters emergency shelter starting at 4 p.m. The shelter will accommodate additional homeless individuals in a separate classroom building.
204 Haywood Street, Asheville NC, 28801
People can come to the agency for overnight emergency shelter services starting at 8 p.m. The Salvation Army will offer overflow spaces through the use of cots, mats, and blankets.
20 20th St, Asheville, NC 28806
This is for single women, mothers with children and female veterans.
Western Carolina Rescue Ministries
225 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
The above organizations and others in the community will be offering other services to assist persons experiencing homelessness throughout the cold winter months.
The Homeless Coalition meets at 12:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. To learn more, contact co-chair Tracey Childers at firstname.lastname@example.org.