Home is Key Initiative

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housing units for our most vulnerable neighbors 

After years of studying the community need and operating a small permanent supportive housing residence, Homeward Bound has a housing solution that will provide stability, safety, and improved quality of life for 85 of our community’s most vulnerable homeless neighbors. The solution is Home is Key. Homeward Bound is in contract to purchase the Days Inn motel property located on Tunnel Road in Asheville. The repurposed motel will provide efficiency apartments and space for extensive supportive services with partners including Sunrise Community Wellness and Recovery, Haywood Street Congregation, Appalachian Mountain Centers/Dale Fell clinic, and others.

Data from the Woodfin Apartments, Homeward Bound’s permanent supportive housing residence, shows that since its inception in 2016, 90% of individuals housed have remained on there. Mission Hospital reported that after following Homeward Bound clients a year before they were moved into housing and a year after, their emergency department visits decreased by 50%. A gentleman who was once the most arrested person in Asheville for nuisance crimes decreased his interaction with law enforcement by 83% after moving into the Woodfin.

Home is Key

by Homeward Bound of WNC | Dwelling Podcast

Listen as Executive Director Meredith Switzer discusses the Home is Key Initiative. 

the average annual cost for one person living on the street

the average annual cost of housing & support services for 1 person

The folks who will live in this residence have lived on the streets for many years and struggle with chronic health conditions. This medically fragile group is the hardest to keep in housing. They also impose a high cost to the community because of the overuse of public services such as crisis centers, hospital emergency departments, ambulances, and law enforcement. The national average is an annual cost $30,000 to $50,000 per person living on the street compared with a year of housing and supportive services at the cost of $13,000 – $15,000 per person.

Meredith Switzer, Executive Director