While sipping on a glass of wine or grabbing a late night coffee, residents can help fund an organization working to end homelessness locally and stopping people from spending the night in the harsh winter weather. “Every time it is cold and I go into my own house, I think, 'It is not OK that people in our community are sleeping outside tonight,” says Emily Ball, director of community engagement at Homeward Bound of Asheville.
Retired social worker and activist John Spitzberg offers thoughts on how to change the Business Improvement District proposal — which he believes "will only serve to make life much more difficult for the homeless" in its current form — into something that can improve social services downtown.
Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry executive director, Reverend Scott Rogers, will speak before the Senate sub-committee on Veterans Affairs today at 10 a.m. alongside the national coalition of homeless veterans, to share their principles and practices that are producing local outcomes above the national average.
Nearly three weeks into the Occupy Asheville movement, the group has set up a semi-permanent camp at the parking area under the I-240 overpass on Lexington Avenue. Xpress talked with group member Helen Roberts about some of the group's longterm goals, and their ongoing issues at the site.
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