Homelessness Prevention

We help prevent homelessness before it starts

Prevention

We launched a new homeless prevention program in January 2018, designed to help individuals and families stay in their rental units when they have no other housing options. While we house many people experiencing homelessness every year, to end homelessness, our community will also need to be able to stop it before it starts.

Since its launch, our prevention program has successfully helped numerous individuals and families avoid homelessness and remain in their housing.

 

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Have you reached out to other community agencies for assistance? If not, you can also try:

If you are in need of prevention services please contact our staff at prevention@homewardboundwnc.org. Please include your name, a brief description of the current situation that put you and your family at risk of homelessness, and a good contact number. Our staff will follow up within three business days.

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In some situations, our prevention program can offer the following:

  • Rental Assistance
  • Utility Assistance
  • Assistance with past due rental bills

In addition to financial assistance participants receive case management to assist them in gaining housing stability with customized goal planning and support.

To be eligible for services you must meet the following three requirements:

  1. You must currently be residing in your home AND have a formal written notice to vacate.
  2. You must make UNDER the following income limits:

    Household of 1: $12,900/ year
    Household of 2: $14,750/year
    Household of 3: $16,600/year
    Household of 4: $18,400/year
  1. History of homelessness or housing instability in the past 7 years.

Determination of eligibility is done on a case-by-case basis. Priority is given to individuals and families most at risk of returning to homelessness.

 

Ending chronic homelessness – Our Method

By being data-driven and following proven practices, we will:

  • Create and maintain a by-name list of every identified chronically homeless person in Asheville and Buncombe County
  • Create a housing plan for each person on that list: What housing program will permanently end their homelessness? Do they need scattered-site or congregate housing? Do they need on-site services? Do they need short or long-term assistance?
  • Identify gaps in resources: who on our list can we not make a housing plan for, either because we don’t have enough capacity in existing housing programs or because they need a program that doesn’t exist in our community?
  • Fill the gaps: expand capacity and develop new housing programs to fully meet the need

No One Left Outside – Ending chronic homelessness

Chronically homeless people are core to our mission of Ending Chronic Homelessness: they’ve experienced the most time homeless and have the greatest barriers to getting themselves back into housing. Ending chronic homelessness means we’ll house everyone who’s currently experiencing it, and we’ll build a system to house people at risk of chronic homelessness in the future.

92 cents of every dollar goes directly to end homelessness

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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.

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Volunteers help us end homelessness 

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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.

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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.

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Get in Touch. Get Involved.

The Homeward Bound community includes caring staff, volunteers, board members, and people experiencing or moving out of homelessness. We believe that housing is a human right and use the “Housing First” national best practice to end homelessness. We care about the most vulnerable among us and work every day to help them improve their lives. Join us!

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