Our Impact: 2021

Homeward Bound was founded in 1988 with a focus on ending homelessness in Buncombe County. Since adopting the Housing First model in 2006, we’ve moved more than 2,300 individuals into housing. 92% have not returned to homelessness.

Housing First

We know that getting and keeping people housed is the first step to ending homelessness and that sometimes, providing prevention services including temporarily paying rent to avoid eviction (or other expenses) is critical to keep from increasing the homelessness numbers.

In 2021, we provided homes for:

37 Veterans

81 chronically homeless

We prevented homelessness for:

27 individuals

8 Veterans

Our Landlord Partnership Program provides stable housing to those in our community. In 2021, the program resulted in:

94 leases

75 new landlord partners

Mae, Housed in 2021

AHOPE: A much-needed respite

Our AHOPE Day Center delivers critical client services 5 days a week, providing a place for hundreds of our homeless neighbors to pick up mail, store their possessions, take a shower and more. As the front door to our housing services, we connect people who are homeless to housing and also help divert people from homelessness by finding relatives or friends who can house them or referring them to needed resources. In 2021:


individuals served




vulnerability studies conducted

Thousands of showers, cups of coffee and pairs of socks provided


At Homeward Bound, we go where the need is – people living on the streets, in cars, under bridges, and in campsites – and connect them to the medical, mental health, substance-use disorder services, permanent housing resources, emergency shelters and basic needs services.

113 served by our Outreach team

Home is Key: Compass Point Village

The conversion of the former Days Inn on Tunnel Road will provide 85 permanent supportive housing apartments and on-site behavioral health services, case management, and job training for individuals experiencing homelessness in our community.

Welcome Home Donation Center

key to our successful retention rate is providing household supplies and gently-used furnishings to make a house a home for those transitioning out of homelessness. In 2021:

homes were made

in household items/furnishings donated

There in a Crisis: Covid Services

COVID-19 presented a particular challenge for those living in the streets and we immediately looked for ways to provide support:

individuals sheltered

moved into permanent housing

contracted COVID

Get Involved


A variety of opportunities provide volunteers a meaningful experience in support of our mission to end homelessness.

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Donate Items

The items you donate help both our neighbors currently living on the streets as well as those transitioning into a home.

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Donate $

No matter how much you give, every dollar works hard to provide the services necessary to fulfill the mission of ending homelessness in our community.

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Be a Business Sponsor

Partnering with Homeward Bound as a business sponsor is a win/win for our clients and your organization.

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