92 cents of every dollar goes directly to end homelessness
A monthly gift allows you to spread the financial impact of your giving across the entire year, lessening a one-time drain on your resources. Also, recurring gifts help Homeward Bound as we can more accurately predict income in advance, which helps with longer range budgeting and decision-making.
Volunteers help us end homelessness
Come volunteer with us! We offer service experiences for individuals, faith communities, businesses, and schools and youth groups. Volunteers help us end homelessness in our region by helping provide much-needed services to people transitioning into a home.
Contribute to a Cause
Your clean and gently used household items can help others experience the comforts of home. Your donations go directly to women, men, and children moving in to new homes or are used at our Day Center. Donation receipts are available upon request.
Some of them even Hollywood wouldn’t believe.
Homeward Bound of WNC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency working in Buncombe County. We end homelessness by moving people into permanent housing and providing the support that they need to stay there.
Our mission is working with others to end the cycle of homelessness.
Homeward Bound began in 1988 as Hospitality House, opening its doors to serve the growing homeless population through long-term emergency shelter. In 2006, Hospitality House became Homeward Bound of WNC, and shifted its focus from managing homelessness with shelter to ending homelessness with permanent housing, utilizing the best practice model of Housing First.
We are 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, we have moved over 1,800 men, women, and children out of cars, camps, and shelters into permanent housing. We have an 89 percent retention rate in housing.
We envision a day when the poor and vulnerable among us will no longer be ignored but treated with compassion and decency. We envision a day when any homeless person, regardless of psychiatric disabilities, substance abuse problems, medical issues, or financial poverty, can move directly into service-enriched permanent housing and become a productive member of society.
- We believe in the absolute value and worth of every single human being.
- We believe that housing is a basic human right, integral to self-worth and dignity.
- We believe that homelessness is a solvable problem.
- We believe that all services should be offered with respect and empathy, in the spirit of hope and recovery.
- We believe that we are successful as an organization when one individual takes one step forward on the journey home.
AHOPE Day Center
Our Day Center is the front door to accessing housing and other help. We offer basic services like showers, storage, mail, access to phones, and coffee. Other agencies come here to help people who are living without housing get access to services. Most importantly, the process to start moving toward permanent housing begins here. We’re open weekdays from 8 a.m.– 3 p.m. (closing Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.). The Day Center is located at 19 N. Ann Street in downtown Asheville.
All housing assessments begin here. Our staff and volunteers work with people to fill out housing applications, get connected to mental health and substance abuse treatment and medical care, complete disability applications, apply for food stamps, and find employment.
A Conversation with Sarah and Cindy
Cindy and Sarah are an excellent example of the journey of Homeward Bound of WNC Case Managers’ and someone experiencing homelessness. Watch this amazing success story of moving into a new home and staying. A big thanks to Amplified Media for their excellent work on this and the other Homeward Bound of WNC Success Story’s.
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News & Updates
The Struggle is Real. April is a single mom with two teenage daughters who were homeless for six years. She grew up with a single mother who experienced domestic violence and struggled to find healthy ways to cope and keep her children safe. April also...read more
Our Open Your Hearts for Women and Homelessness event was featured on WLOS. Here is the link in case you missed it!. Open Your Hearts for Women and Homelessness event was on February 14th. The event included the film Hope from Emmy award-winning...read more
NOAH RUPP, currently a 9th grader from Charlotte, creates and donated 100 sleeping bags that could meet the needs of people living outside in the elements.read more