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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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NOTICE: Rest and Reset Week
In order to get 2022 started off in a healthy direction, Homeward Bound has decided to close our offices and pause most of our programs for the week of January 24-28, with plans in place to handle emergencies. As you know, the holiday season is  a difficult time for our clients. Homeward Bound staff need vital self-care time to continue this important and often traumatic work. AHOPE Day Center will be open from 8 AM to 11 AM, Monday through Friday, and the Welcome Home Donation Center will have bins available outside its offices for donation drop-off. Homeward Bound’s Outreach Team will participate in the Point in Time Count on Tuesday, February 25.


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Our mission is to prevent and end homelessness in our community through permanent housing and support.

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of folks moved into housing in the last 12 months have not returned to homelessnesS*

* Our measure of success generally is determined by measuring the percentage of clients in our permanent supportive housing programs who remain housed 12 months after placement.  Given the many variables that impact chronically homeless clients, and consistent with other studies, we count as “housed” those who have graduated from supportive housing to other housing, those who move to health care facilities, those who have moved out of the area, and can no longer be tracked; those incarcerated, and those who have died. For example, at The Woodfin, of the  37 clients who have been housed over five years,   92% remain housed. Seventeen clients live at The Woodfin now; five have “graduated” to other housing; two have moved to nursing facilities; seven have died, and two have been imprisoned.  Only four clients have been evicted.

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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.

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.

2 Awards for National Philanthropy Day

2021 National Philanthropy Day will be held virtually on Nov. 17.  The purpose of this day is to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy, those people who are active in the philanthropic community, and the impact philanthropy has on our society. The day...

City of Asheville Votes to Help Fund $13.5 Million Home is Key Initiative

The City of Asheville has voted to help provide funding for Homeward Bound’s permanent supportive housing initiative, Home is Key.

Red Roof Inn Shelter Program Comes to an End

Homeward Bound’s COVID-19 shelter program at the Red Roof Inn ended on June 30, 2021.

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...

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the safe place where we can go as we are, and not be questioned”

- Maya Angelou

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