Home is Key 

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 purchased 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 the residents there have remained housed. Mission Hospital reported that by following the incedents of illness and/or injury for Homeward Bound clients a year before they 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.

the average annual cost for one person living on the street

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

 The Woodfin Project, Homeward Bound’s Permanent Supportive Housing residence which began in 2016, is a model for Home is Key.

The Days Inn on Tunnel Road

Home is Key Services

Core services offerred to residents at the Home is Key facility will include on-site case management and 24/7 support staff to quickly respond to resident needs. Additional services provided by partner agencies will include behavioral health services, social and educational activities, job training, a medical clinic, and exercise classes. Residents will have access to a peers support room, a library, an outdoor courtyard, and communal dining room. These spaces, along with support services, will help foster a sense of community for residents, allowing them to feel connected to and invested in their enviornment and in one another.

Support Home is Key

At this year’s 10th Annual Welcome Home Luncheon Sponsored by Biltmore, which took place on May 11, the Home is Key Capital Campaign officially went public! The event raised more than $100,000! This
contribution and others helped us achieve our Home is Key Capital Campaign quiet phase goal of $14 million! We are now closer than ever to realizing the dream of offering 85 permanent supportive housing units to individuals and couples experiencing homelessness.

You can help us reach the public phase of the Home is Key Capital Campaign by clicking the link below.

For donation inquiries, please contact Strategic and Major Gifts Officer Jim Lowder






For media inquiries, please contact Senior Resource Development Director Eleanor Ashton