Landlords play a key role in helping us end homelessness in Asheville and Buncombe County. They agree to rent their units to individuals and families moving out of homelessness who need a second chance. Seventy-five percent of the units our clients move in to are rented by private landlords. Our three Housing Specialists work directly with these landlords and remain available to answer any questions and make sure the rental has the best chance of working. Clients also receive ongoing support from Housing Case Managers to adapt to their new home and their responsibilities as renters.

Many landlords appreciate working with us because of the guarantee of rent payments while renters remain with Homeward Bound. This support most often lasts at least a year and often for a number of years. Right now we’re also part of a pilot program offering new landlord incentives This support most often lasts at least a year and often for a number of years.

Landlord Incentive Program

A state-wide pilot program is currently measuring the impact of risk mitigation and housing stability tools upon the recruitment and sustained engagement of landlords.

The program is a partnership of the NC Housing Finance Agency, the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the NC Department of Health & Human Services through a contract with the NC Coalition to End Homelessness.

The program runs Dec 15, 2017 – Aug 1, 2019. This incentive is available for new landlords or
existing landlords who can offer additional units.

Eligible Areas for Reimbursement

Unpaid Damages – No Insurance
Rate of reimbursement 75% not to exceed $2500.

Unpaid Damages – Insurance Claim
Rate of reimbursement 100% not to exceed $3,000.

Unpaid Rent and Late Fees
Reimbursement cannot exceed 3 months of the tenant portion of rent plus late fees. Late fees cannot exceed $15 or 5% of monthly rent.

Loss of Rent Due to Abandonment
Reimbursement cannot exceed 2.5 months’ rent and may include “trash out” fee due to tenant abandonment.

Are you a landlord who wants to work with us?



Do you identify with the following criteria?

  • To rent 1 or more additional units to our clients
  • Open to creative solutions to end homelessness
  • Willing to be open-minded and flexible toward tenants with rental barriers, possibly including low credit, a past eviction, or a criminal background
  • Accepting Section 8 vouchers

Benefits for landlords:

  • Fill vacant units without the hassle of advertising
  • Homeward Bound can pay double security deposits
  • Tenants receive ongoing case management support

Homeward Bound, Housing Vouchers & More

We strive to prioritize people experiencing chronic homelessness because people experiencing it have experienced the most time being homeless and have the greatest barriers to getting 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.


Contribute to a Cause


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!

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