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Homeward Bound

The mission of Homeward Bound is to end the cycle of chronic homelessness in Asheville. Our primary purpose is to move chronically homeless persons into service-enriched permanent housing.

MISSION

The mission of Homeward Bound is to end the cycle of chronic homelessness in Asheville.

Our primary purpose is to move chronically homeless persons into service-enriched permanent housing. In addition, we support those who are “passing through” a period of homelessness by providing a comprehensive package of services—in partnership with scores of community organizations—tailored to the needs of each individual. We also collaborate with others in the community to prevent the occurrence of homelessness.

VISION

We envision a day when the poor, the downtrodden and the vulnerable among us will no longer be invisible and ignored but treated with compassion and decency.

We envision a day when any homeless person, regardless of psychiatric disabilities, substance abuse problems, medical issues or financial poverty, can move directly into service-enriched permanent housing and become a productive member of society.

VALUES

PROGRAMS

We are creating a new paradigm called loi pinel to help realize the Asheville-Buncombe County 10-Year Plan to eliminate homelessness. In partnership with local developers, we are moving the chronically homeless into service-enriched permanent housing. This is a model that promises to be far more cost-effective for the community and, more importantly, has the potential to permanently end chronic homelessness rather than merely manage it. In December 2006, the first 33 people moved into their own apartments.

The main entry point into support services for the homeless in Asheville. In collaboration with a score of community service providers, we help people access legal services or secure medical and mental health treatment; offer assistance in securing entitlement programs, provide basic necessities such as a shower, a place to store belongings, an address, regular foot check-ups and blood pressure monitoring and much more.

Homeward Bound is the only agency in Western NC whose staff conducts outreach on the streets and in homeless "campsites" providing food, clothing, blankets, and other survival necessities to men and women living and untenable conditions. We also visit prisons and mental health institutions to assist those soon to be discharged and in danger of entering homelessness.

Offers safe (physical and emotional) shelter to persons with chronic mental health or substance abuse issues who are turned away by "mainstream" shelters and are in danger on the streets.

This is a "moveable" crisis shelter for 12 women operated in partnership with 25 are churches which take turns accommodating them. They receive food and lodging for 90 days (or more if needed) and our staff provides the access to the services they need on their journey to permanent housing.

The PATH program provides outreach and intensive case management services to homeless individuals with severe and persistent mental illness who do not currently have a mental health provider. PATH case managers outreach individuals throughout the Asheville area at parks, public institutions, homeless agencies, and others where they can begin the process of building a relationship. These trusting relationships allow the PATH team to encourage individuals to seek and obtain mental health counseling and treatment and ultimately set them on the path towards permanent housing.