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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A message to our community: Regarding removal of homeless camp

  On Feb. 1, a homeless camp under an I-240 bridge in the City limits was removed. The action did not align with the City of Asheville’s typical practice in handling homeless camps. The City Manager’s Office met with Division 13 North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) staff Feb. 2 to fully understand what occurred and [...]

City of Asheville shares resources for people experiencing homelessness during Code Purple

  With temperatures going down into the 20s this week, the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition has called a Code Purple for people who need shelter. Starting Dec. 1, shelter will be available at First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St., for about 30 men and up to 20 women and children. This is in partnership with Western Carolina Rescue [...]

Asheville-Buncombe 2020 Point-in-Time (PIT) count complete, homelessness down 6%

  As part of the nationwide 2020 Point-in-Time (PIT) count, the Asheville-Buncombe County Homeless Initiative has completed its report of the community’s one-night count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The final report was submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) on May 15. Asheville’s count was conducted in the afternoon and evening [...]

City of Asheville transitions emergency homeless shelter to motel, continues agreements with partner agencies

  The City of Asheville, Buncombe County, Homeward Bound and numerous community partners organized a resource for individuals without homes at Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville on April 8. As the City of Asheville’s 30-day agreement with Homeward Bound to manage an emergency homeless shelter at Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville has expired, staff and community partners [...]

Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville opens doors to support the community during pandemic

    The City of Asheville and Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville announced this month the launch of multiple efforts to provide support to citizens of Asheville and Buncombe County.  Although all events have been cancelled or postponed until June 5, the venue has opened its doors to provide a home for multiple COVID-19 support initiatives, including [...]

Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville opens as a shelter during public health emergency

  In a coordinated effort, the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, Homeward Bound and numerous community partners organized a resource for individuals without homes at Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville.    The coronavirus outbreak represents a significant health risk for people experiencing homelessness. People living unsheltered are also far more likely to have chronic health conditions, one of the [...]

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