Housing Services

Asheville, along with most cities in the United States, has a housing crisis. Access to safe and affordable housing continues to be a challenge and increasingly serves as one of the biggest barriers to ending homelessness in our community and our nation.

Homeward Bound moves people who are homeless into their own homes and provides financial and supportive services for as long as it takes for them to achieve stability.

We use the Housing First approach to get each person into permanent housing as quickly as possible, without any prerequisites. We offer financial assistance to move people out of homelessness and into apartments and trailers, and the right level of case management services to keep them in housing. It works. We have housed over 2,200 individuals with an 89% retention rate. Referrals for housing services happen when people experiencing homelessness visit our AHOPE Day Center or through referrals from our community partners.

We run multiple programs to offer housing to individuals and families currently living in shelters, their cars, or on the streets.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Permanent Supportive Housing provides long-term rental assistance and case management services to the most vulnerable individuals experiencing chronic homelessness and referred through the Coordinated Entry System. People who are chronically homeless have been on the streets or in shelter for at least 12 months and have a disability.

Rapid Re-Housing

Rapid Re-Housing provides from six months up to two years of rental assistance and case management services to individuals experiencing chronic homelessness referred through the Coordinated Entry System.

Housing Placement

Our Housing team includes one Housing Placement Manager and three Housing Specialists who work collaboratively with program staff, clients, and landlords to place clients into housing. We identify housing opportunities in the community, support clients through the housing preparation and placement process, and offer continued support to ensure our clients remain stably housed. If you are a Landlord interested in partnering with Homeward Bound, please visit our Landlord Partnerships page for more information.

Ending Chronic Homelessness

The longer people are homeless, the more complex their needs become
: they develop chronic medical conditions that don’t get treated, their mental health deteriorates and substance use increases, and they often experience severe trauma because they don’t have a safe place to live. Additionally, their public costs are high because they use emergency medical services and are frequently incarcerated, often for misdemeanors related to living outside.

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.

Based on our current programs, we know that people who’ve been chronically homeless can be successful in housing, when we provide the right supports that meet their needs. We are ending chronic 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.

Donate Today

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.


Volunteers help us end homelessness 

Come volunteer with us

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.


Donate Items

Donate Items

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.


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!

37 Montford Ave Asheville, NC 28801

Call Us: (828) 252-8883