The key to ending homelessness


Homeward Bound proudly uses the best practice Housing First model to end homelessnessHousing First is a homeless assistance approach that prioritizes providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness. This approach is guided by the belief that people need basic necessities like food and a place to live before attending to anything less critical, such as getting a job, budgeting properly, or attending to substance use issues.

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moved out of homelessness


of folks moved into their own homes have not returned to homelessness

About Homeward Bound

Housing First

Homeward Bound’s Housing First  means that everyone has a human right to live inside. It means moving people out of homelessness and into homes as quickly as possible. Then we wrap around the services they need to stay there. 

Homeless Services

More than 500 people are homeless on any given night in Buncombe County. People who’ve become chronically homeless are the most vulnerable members of our community. They have the greatest need for permanent housing but the least opportunity to access it.

Housing Services

Homeward Bound runs two programs to offer housing to individuals and families currently living in shelters, their cars, or on the streets. Once folks move into their own home, we provide the furnishings to make it feel personal and the social services to thrive.

Veterans Program

Since its inception our Veterans Housing Services Program has housed more than 440 veterans and family members and prevented more than 139 from becoming homeless.

Our mission is working with others to end the cycle of homelessness.

Homeward Bound is the community leader in best practices to end homelessness, and have been using the Housing First model since 2006. The Housing First model has been proven to be the most effective, cost-efficient, sustainable, and humane intervention to homelessness. Essentially this means people experiencing homelessness are housed as quickly as possible and offered case management services to provide support and resources to help maintain housing stability.

Since 2006, Homeward Bound has moved more than 2,200 men, women, and children out of cars, camps, and shelters into permanent housing. We have an 89% retention rate in housing.

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Michael, a volunteer at Homeward Bound’s AHOPE Day Center, told us,“I don’t know if I ever expressed this, but I was always impressed with the level of work you do at Homeward Bound and [the Day Center]. There is so much respect and human dignity in it. Also, you waste absolutely nothing. You can take a small amount of resources and make it perform so many different services. Thanks for letting me volunteer with you!”

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Homeward Bound Advocates for Shelter Options for Folks Awaiting Permanent Housing

Homeward Bound applauds the City for finding temporary shelter options for displaced homeless campers and look forward to hearing alternative shelter/housing options when the hotel contracts run out on June 30.

Homeward Bound Advocates for More Solutions for Unhoused Neighbors

Homeward Bound’s statement addressing recent events at local encampments.

Homeward Bound announces 2nd annual Virtual Event to End Homelessness

Join Homeward Bound for the 2nd annual Virtual Event to End Homelessness on May 12th, 2021 at noon.

Homeward Bound plans to re-purpose hotel to house the homeless

Homeward Bound plans to repurpose the Days Inn hotel on Tunnel Road into 85-units of housing for the community’s most at-risk neighbors.

Homeward Bound Featured in PBS Show “Overcoming Homelessness”

Homeward Bound is featured in “Overcoming Homelessness,” a special by PBS show NCimpact.

Homeward Bound’s Call for Change

Nationally, African Americans accounted for 40 percent of all people experiencing homelessness in 2019 despite being 13% of the population. This is just one of the many symptoms of institutional racism and economic and racial inequity. We believe in the absolute value...

Asheville-Buncombe 2020 Point-in-Time count completed

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....

Sheltered Community in Harrah’s Cherokee Center Move to Hotel

José Valadez looks over the balcony at the Red Roof Inn in Asheville on Tuesday. Valadez is a client of Homeward Bound, which began housing otherwise homeless clients at the motel during the coronavirus pandemic this week. Photo by Jacob Biba, courtesy of Carolina...

Words from Homeward Bound’s Emergency Shelter

STAYING SAFE: Yulon Ferguson has been sheltering at the Harrah's Cherokee Center - Asheville since it opened on April 8. He is using the time in quarantine to make plans for the future and to give back through mentoring his peers and pitching in on cleaning chores....

“The ache for home lives in all of us,
the safe place where we can go as we are, and not
be questioned”

- Maya Angelou

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