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Our mission is preventing and ending homelessness in our community through permanent housing and support.

Homeward Bound has been using the Housing First model since 2006 and has housed more than 2,200 people with an 89% retention rate. A key ingredient in our success are the supportive services that accompany housing. The key to keeping people in housing is trained, compassionate, and nonjudgmental staff who care about the people we serve. Our case managers are trained in diversion, harm reduction, motivational interviewing, and Homeward Bound’s own case management standards of excellence.

Our Values

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.

Our Story

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’re the community leader in best practices to end homelessness, and have been using the Housing First model since 2006. Housing 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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Award-winning Director Katie Damien’s film, Housing is Healthcare, depicts Homeward Bound’s clients and their case mangers who help them out of homelessness and into their own housing.

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News & Updates

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 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...