Tony and Lisa
Voices from Asheville’s Emergency Shelter, Part 1: Tony and Lisa

    This spring, the City of Asheville began providing rooms for unsheltered people experiencing homelessness at several hotels in the area, including at the Ramada Inn, 148 River Ford Parkway. This incredible opportunity was made possible by an unprecedented level of federal funding from several sources. It played a key role in keeping our homeless community [...]

HHelping hand homelessnes
Homelessness: How our whole community wins when we invest in ending homelessness

  Read Part 1 and Part 2 of our series on homelessness solutions in Asheville.   Homelessness issues in Asheville are long-standing and complex. Right now, the City of Asheville has an unprecedented level of resources available to help end chronic homelessness and build the homeless service system we need to best [...]

Emergency shelter photo illustration
Emergency shelter initiative continues, Ramada Inn vote delayed

  The City of Asheville continues to work toward establishing a high access emergency shelter to alleviate homelessness in our city. This is a complex project with many moving pieces and stakeholder participation along the way.   While we had anticipated that City Council would vote to purchase the Ramada Inn at 148 River Ford Parkway during their [...]

Emergency shelter photo illustration
Community meeting about emergency shelter at Ramada Inn moves to virtual format

  The City of Asheville has announced that all meetings will be conducted virtually, due to the community spread of Covid-19. For that reason, the previously scheduled in-person August 12 community informational meeting about the City’s emergency shelter at the Ramada Inn will now take place virtually. Join the meeting from 5 to 7 [...]

Emergency shelter photo illustration
Homelessness: Emergency shelter and the Ramada Inn

  UPDATE: The City of Asheville has announced that all meetings will be conducted virtually, due to the community spread of Covid-19. For that reason, the previously scheduled in-person August 12 community informational meeting about the City’s emergency shelter at the Ramada Inn will now take place virtually. Join the meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, [...]

Emergency shelter photo illustration
What is an emergency shelter, and why does the City of Asheville want to open one?

  While our community has strong shelter providers, our homeless service system needs more overnight capacity for people with complex needs. The existing system gap poses an opportunity to create an emergency shelter with individual rooms for each person or family.    People experiencing homelessness are often in crisis.  This shelter would also provide clinical care and housing-focused [...]

Days inn
Asheville City Council votes to allocate $2 million toward Homeward Bound’s purchase of Days Inn for permanent supportive housing 

  In a continuing effort to partner with local agencies to mitigate the impacts of homelessness in our community the City of Asheville will help fund Homeward Bound’s acquisition of the Days Inn on Tunnel Road for permanent supportive housing for our homeless population.   At their July 27 meeting, Asheville City Council approved a [...]

shelter illustration
An update on how the City of Asheville is addressing homelessness

    Homelessness in Asheville has long been a serious and complex issue. The COVID-19 pandemic has both highlighted and heightened this reality. While the homeless service system we’ve had in Asheville has ended homelessness for a small number of people annually, it’s never had the resources to operate at a scale that will make homelessness truly [...]

homeless
Asheville 2021 Point-in-Time count of people experiencing homelessness tabulated

    The City of Asheville’s 2021 Point-in-Time count was conducted on January 27, 2021, and the results have been submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The 2021 Point-in-Time count identified 527 people experiencing homelessness in our community, which is a slight decrease from the 2020 count of 547.     Overall the data are consistent [...]

tent
City of Asheville provides temporary housing to people on Duke property encampment

    Working with community partners, the City of Asheville today provided 15 rooms for unsheltered people relocated from Duke Energy property near Isaac Dickson Elementary School. Those partners include Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness, Homeward Bound and BeLoved, who did outreach to people in this encampment, helped them pack their belongings and transported them to [...]

Asheville Riverbend Park sign
City of Asheville offers people at Riverbend Park encampment relocation to hotel

  In advance of the deadline to those illegally camping at Riverbend Park, the City of Asheville worked in partnership with Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness the evening of April 19 to relocate unsheltered people at the encampment to temporary housing at a local hotel.   Using federal funds anticipated from the American Rescue Plan, the City [...]

code purple funding
Dogwood Health Trust donation designated to help Asheville’s homeless community  

  The City of Asheville will use funding support from Dogwood Health Trust to support people experiencing homelessness. At their Feb. 23 meeting, City Council voted to add the $50,000 donation for Code Purple shelter funding. Code Purple is a longstanding practice where homeless shelter providers exceed regular capacity and waive regular rules on nights when the [...]