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.
A wooden cross in the front yard of a house at 176 S. French Broad Ave. in Asheville holds a small plywood sign whose red letters proclaim: Safe at home: For some, Zacchaeus House is a regular residence. From left to right: Paula Argoe, Rachael and Adrian Nisbetch and Rev. Amy Cantrell. Photos By Jonathan […]
Representatives from the Carolina Homeless Information Network (CHIN) will provide an orientation on Monday, March 3 to community members and stakeholders interested in learning about the Homeless Information Management System (HMIS). The orientation will take place at 11 a.m. in the fifth floor conference room in Asheville City Hall.
This afternoon about a dozen homeless persons and their advocates staged a brief but impassioned rally in Asheville’s Pritchard Park to denounce a City Council member’s call for photos of “vagrant/addict misbehavior.”