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Client of the Week: Homeward Bound

homeless veteran walking across bridge

This week we’re giving a huge shout out to our clients, Homeward Bound, who are making a big difference in the lives of many. Homeward Bound works tirelessly to end homelessness in WNC, and to date they have helped house 2,000 people! 

Homeward Bound’s mission is not only to move people into their own apartments, but also to provide the support they need to stay in housing. They had a record 21 move-ins from homelessness to housing just during the month of January.

Within the context of Homeward Bound there are several programs, each focusing on a different demographic: 

Room in the Inn

A shelter-to-home program for women experiencing homelessness in Asheville, Room in the Inn partners with local faith communities to create a safe haven for women while they await permanent housing placement

PATH Outreach

A program focused on reaching the most vulnerable homeless individuals living on the streets of our community to connect them with permanent supportive housing, healthcare, disability income, and community mental health services

Veterans Housing Services Program

An intiative including both Housing and Homelessness Prevention services, using the Housing First model to provide short-term financial support and case management to individuals and families at imminent risk of homelessness and those experiencing literal homelessness in Buncombe County. Since its beginnings, the Veterans Housing Services Program has housed over 230 veterans and family members and prevented more than 40 from becoming homeless!

AHOPE Day Center

Western North Carolina’s only day center for people experiencing homelessness, AHOPE serves as a hub of information and connection to other community resources, as well as providing showers, mail receipt, phone service, and storage of personal belongings. The AHOPE Day Center is located at 19 N. Ann Street in downtown Asheville. About 130 people visit AHOPE each day, and it is often the first stop on the journey back to permanent housing.

Different demographics can find themselves sliding on a path to homeless due to differing curcumstances. Homeward Bound's focus on these differing demographics enables them to reach a broader spectrum of the at risk population in WNC:

  • to identify and engage people at risk of or already experiencing homelessness
  • to connect with people at risk of losing their housing and intervene, before they become a part of the homelessness services system
  • to provide people with immediate access to shelter and crisis services if homelessness does occur

Homeward Bound's ultimate goal is to help their clients achieve and maintain stable housing, which can also involve assistance with education and/or employment. According to Homeward Bound, 89 percent of the people they help do not return to homelessness. Now that’s a statistic we can get behind! 

For more information, to volunteer and to donate, see https://homewardboundwnc.org/why/