Last week, the U.S. Conference of Mayors released an in-depth report examining the hunger and homelessness situations in 25 cities across the country, including Asheville. The report found that the city has serious issues with low wages, unaffordable housing, poverty, and the number of domestic violence survivors who end up homeless. Increases in homelessness are modest, but more families are homeless. The report also highlighted some local organizations doing “exemplary” work on the issues but predicted that coming social service cuts could make the situations on both fronts more dire.
A joint program between the Asheville Police Department, the District Attorney’s office, and other agencies aims to deter violent offenders in the area.
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.