Homeward Bound’s Statement on Shelter Options for People Awaiting Permanent Housing

Homeward Bound’s mission is to prevent and end homelessness through permanent housing and support. To that end, we work with individuals experiencing homelessness and meet them where they are. We assist them in any way we can to make their lives more stable, safe, and secure while waiting for permanent housing. We maintain that campers should not be moved without alternative locations for them to move to.

We applaud 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.

Safe and reasonable options include short term use of hotel rooms pending conversion to additional permanent housing (although this is an expensive option which will ultimately reduce monies available for permanent housing, the only real solution for ending homelessness), a low barrier shelter, and sanctioned outdoor space with basic amenities such as toilets, water, showers, and sanitation. An intentional focus on organization, safety, predictability, and a cooperative mindset will help reduce violence and disruptive behaviors. Additionally, homeless service providers can offer needed resources, harm reduction interventions, and basic services to make hotel, shelter or camp sites more stable.  

We are committed to working with our local government, non-profit partners, and other community groups to find solutions as quickly as possible.  If you are interested in helping with your resources, time or energy, please contact Homeward Bound at info@homewardboundwnc.org

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