On Monday, July 4, a group of teenagers were handing out bowls of ice cream in Pritchard Park. Nothing unusual, really. There’s always something being given away to eat in the park. But I got to talking with one of the teenagers and was directed to Nichole, who filled me in on what was going on. It’s the work of the Carolina Cross Connection, a youth Christian outreach project. Photos by Jerry Nelson, JourneyAmerica.org
When did Pack Memorial Library become a daytime shelter for ex-cons and strung-out drug abusers? Surely, a diverse mix is wonderful and an Asheville tradition, but this is nothing like that. There is no mix of children and everyday families and business people there. All I ever see, daily, are downtrodden, strung-out and scary-looking thugs […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]