Local agencies are making progress towards implementing the “10-year Plan to End Homelessness,” but they need more resources and support. That was the theme that emerged from the “2011 Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Summit,” held March 25 at the Masonic Temple in downtown Asheville.
Photos by Jerry Nelson
On July 3, Asheville Police Department detectives found the body of Nolan Trent Baker, 55, a homeless man, in the French Broad River. Police are investigating the death, but so far have found no signs of foul play and preliminary autopsy results point to natural causes.
Don’t tell Jerry Nelson he’s not prepared for his cross-country bicycle ride. He’s got a bike he hasn’t ridden much, he doesn’t have a support team, and he’s still looking for a few sponsors. But nothing gets him fired up more than helping the homeless.
S.P.U.D. Patrol returns to Pritchard Park this weekend, giving away baked potatoes to the hungry.
The Asheville Homeless Network’s new weekly publication debuted today
Master Plan, CTS and parking rates crowd Tuesday’s agenda.
Council kicks of spring by addressing public housing, homelessness, GreenLife and predatory towing.
Western Carolina Rescue Ministries plans to launch a $7 million construction project in May that will double the amount of space it has to provide services for homeless people and those battling drug and alcohol addictions. A $1 million grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta puts the nonprofit about halfway to its […]
The number of chronic homeless people in Asheville is down 25 percent from the last year, according to figures from the city of Asheville and Buncombe County. However, perhaps driven by the state of the economy, the overall number of homeless rose by 5 percent. The area may get some federal stimulus money to combat […]
The number of chronic homeless people in Asheville is down 25 percent from the last year, according to figures from the city of Asheville and Buncombe County. However, perhaps driven by the state of the economy, the overall number of homeless rose by 5 percent.
The Western Carolina Rescue Ministries plans to launch a $7 million construction project in May that will double space and services for homeless people and people battling drug and alcohol addiction.
Homeless shelters don’t get a lot of in-house entertainment, but Stu and Janna Zonder are out to change that.
A small group of protesters sat in front of Pack Memorial Library today to call for the city of Asheville to put back two park benches it removed after receiving complaints about criminal behavior in the area.
A group of “concerned citizens” will hold a sit-in at noon this Sunday to protest the city’s removal of two park benches in front of Pack Memorial Library. The city has announced that the Asheville Police Department will remove protesters if they impede traffic on the sidewalk.
Developer Tony Fraga has decided to abandon his massive Haywood Park proposal for downtown Asheville, which included a pair of 20-plus-story high-rises. Attorney Lou Bissette delivered the news to the Asheville City Council during its Nov. 11 meeting. Walking away: Developer Tony Fraga sent word to Asheville City Council that he was withdrawing his proposed […]
Summary of the Asheville City Council Oct. 21 work session.
Homelessness, a living wage, the Downtown Master Plan and more: An extensive agenda punctuated by some high-profile items will most likely make for a full evening.
It is, perhaps, a sign of the times: “People are asking us for food more than money or anything else,” says Amy Sawyer, coordinator of Asheville’s Homeless Initiative. “We’re seeing more families, more children, less of the habitually homeless. Some of them still have jobs, and things were tight before, but now they can’t pay […]
A count conducted by local agencies found more than 500 homeless people in the city, Homeless Coalition officials announced April 1. Although the count is down from last year, it doesn’t reflect the full population, Homeless Initiative Coordinator Amy Sawyer explained. The local homeless population, she noted, is expected to increase in response to worsening […]
Asheville wants to end homelessness, right? That’s a noble cause, and I support the good intentions behind this effort. But if Asheville is ever going to achieve this lofty goal, we need to be honest about a few things first. 1) There’s a segment of Asheville’s homeless population that chooses it as a “lifestyle.” Take […]
There are more than 500 homeless people in the city, according to an annual count done by local homeless-service agencies, Homeless Coalition officials announced yesterday. Amy Sawyer, the city’s Homeless Initiative Coordinator, noted that the count, down from last year, does not reflect the full population, which is expected to rise with tightening economic conditions.