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We run two 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 and Progressive Engagement
Rapid Re-Housing provides short- to medium-term rental assistance and case management services to individuals experiencing chronic homelessness referred through the Coordinated Entry System. People served in the Progressive Engagement program can be served in the Permanent Supportive Housing program, if long-term support is needed.
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.
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. We are ending chronic homelessness,
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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Our comMISSION – to end chronic homelessness
Homeward Bound recently launched an ambitious goal of ending chronic homelessness in Buncombe County. As Western North Carolina grows in popularity, we feel a responsibility to ensure that no one is left outside. Homeward Bound’s REACH Fund will tackle this objective through the support of real estate professionals, members of associated industries, home buyers and sellers, and businesses community-wide. Local agents agree to donate a portion of each commission so that everyone can have a key to their own home.