For Immediate Release


Homeward Bound Seeks Next Executive Director to Lead the Way in Preventing and Ending Homelessness in Buncombe County


Asheville – Homeward Bound seeks an experienced executive director with a passion for serving people experiencing homelessness and a demonstrated commitment to organizational excellence to lead the organization in its mission to prevent and end homelessness in Buncombe County.

The new Executive Director will start in the fall of 2022, to succeed Interim Executive Director Cindy McMahon, who has been leading the organization through the transitional period since fall of 2021.

The national search and transition process, facilitated by Rachel Zink of Onward Nonprofit Services and Gary Landwirth of Giving Ideas, has been led by a committee composed of board and staff members. An initial assessment phase in winter/spring of 2022 engaged a variety of key stakeholders to determine the ideal profile for the new executive and the strategic direction of the organization for the first twelve-to-eighteen months of their tenure. Strategic priorities include leading a strategic planning process; building healthy, stable, and collaborative partnerships with government entities, funders, and other key partners in ending homelessness; and continue the leadership efforts (planning, renovation, and fundraising) towards the successful opening of new ‘Home is Key’ facility in early 2023, and ongoing funding and operations of all Homeward Bound facilities.

“The Transition Committee, along with Homeward Bound staff, board members and community stakeholders, has made great strides in identifying current goals, future priorities and desired attributes for the next Executive Director at Homeward Bound,” said Kelly Pierce, Transition Committee Chair and Homeward Bound Board Member.  “This process is so important as we move toward hiring the person who will lead the organization and maintain momentum in our mission to end homelessness in our community. We look forward to reviewing a diverse and qualified pool of candidates using this model.”

For over 30 years, Homeward Bound has been the leading nonprofit organization in Buncombe County focused on ending homelessness. Since 2006 when the agency began using the Housing First model, Homeward Bound has moved more than 2,300 people from homelessness into permanent housing, 92% of whom remain successfully housed.

With an annual operating budget of approximately $8.6 million and a dedicated staff of 90, Homeward Bound works collaboratively with community partners and has a proven track record of helping individuals and families achieve long-term successful housing stability. In addition to homeless services like AHOPE Day Center and outreach, and housing services like permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing homelessness prevention, and supportive services for veterans, Homeward Bound has embarked on a “Home Is Key” initiative: a motel conversion to renovate an 85-efficiency unit complex that will offer around-the-clock support and services specifically for people experiencing chronic homelessness. Home Is Key is expected to open in early 2023.

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