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AHOPE is WNC’s only day center for people who are homeless. We offer  access to showers, phones, a mailing address and a safe place for people who are still homeless to begin the process to move out of homelessness and into permanent housing.  Almost everyone who’s homeless in Buncombe County comes through AHOPE, and it serves as a hub of information & connection to other community resources.

Most importantly, coming to AHOPE is often someone’s first step out of homelessness and into housing.

Telephone:   828.252.8883


  • Weekdays: 7 am – noon.
  • Weekends: 8 am – noon.


  • Showers & toiletries
  • Mail (use of our address)
  • Telephone access
  • Storage containers
  • Referrals to other agencies & community services

All intake for our Pathways to Permanent Housing program

Meeting basic needs is a crucial service to the homeless community, but it’s more than that: it’s an engagement tool. Our staff members build relationships with people accessing services and connect them to community resources that will provide a solution to the crises they’re experiencing.  AHOPE volunteers hand out towels & soap for showers, check mail & pass on phone messages, and provide access to much-needed storage containers allowing staff to help clients fill out housing applications, get connected to mental health & substance abuse treatment, find medical care, complete disability applications, get food stamps, and find employment.  AHOPE meets its clients where they are and partners with them to move towards housing & stability.

To get an idea of what its like to volunteer or receive services at Homeward Bound’s AHOPE Center, visit this link.

Community Partnerships

Homeward Bound’s mission is working with others to end the cycle of homelessness. AHOPE participates in that mission by hosting community partners who outreach clients & provide on-site services & support.  All Souls Counseling, WNC AIDS Project, Pisgah Legal Services, the Veterans Administration, and the Department of Social Services all come to AHOPE weekly to connect with people who need their services.

Questions or comments?

Contact Derek Towle, AHOPE Director at