A message to our community: Regarding the I-240 homeless camp

    There has been much discussion over the past few weeks about the tent encampment that has grown near the NCDOT property located on Haywood Street near I-240. As the camp has grown, so have the concerns over public safety and public health. We have received numerous complaints of open drug use, theft, and sexual assault at [...]

City of Asheville to hold public meeting on permanent supportive housing at Ramada

  The City of Asheville invites the public to a meeting about permanent supportive housing at the Ramada. The meeting will take place virtually from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, December 8.     On December 3, the City of Asheville announced that it is no longer moving forward with creating an emergency homeless shelter at the [...]

City of Asheville will not move forward with an emergency shelter at Ramada 

    The original plan The City of Asheville had originally planned to create a high-access emergency shelter at the Ramada property. This was in response to a critical and urgent need in our community to provide shelter for people with complex issues who are otherwise underserved. The City had started sheltering unhoused people in [...]

City of Asheville shares Code Purple resources

  Beginning today, Code Purple emergency shelter is available to people experiencing homelessness when the temperature is at or below 32 degrees.     Code Purple is a long-standing community initiative to create additional shelter capacity on freezing nights to ensure survival.     There are two participating shelters this year: Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) will be providing Code Purple beds [...]

Voices from Asheville’s Emergency Shelter, Part 3: Jason S.

    This month, the City of Asheville is sharing stories from people who have been staying in the emergency shelter at the Ramada Inn that have been gathered by our partners at Sunrise Community for Recovery & Wellness. We’re extremely grateful that we’ve been trusted with these stories, as they are incredible tales of resilience and [...]

Voices from the Emergency Shelter Part 2: Timmy W.

This month, the City of Asheville is sharing stories from people who have been staying in the emergency shelter at the Ramada Inn. Our partners at Sunrise Community for Recovery & Wellness have connected us with people at the Ramada who are interested in speaking about their experiences. We at the City of Asheville are [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]