Open Your Heart for Women and Homelessness

Press release from Homeward Bound:

Asheville— Due to the lack of affordable housing and other issues, there are more homeless families in the United States than in any other industrialized country.

On March 11, at noon, Homeward Bound is hosting the HomeTrust Bank Open Your Heart for Women and Homelessness Luncheon, where the impact of homelessness on mothers and families will be explored by a panel of experts including Youth & Family Peer Support Specialist Jessica Bain, MAHEC Project CARA Navigation Director Tammy Cody, and Homeward Bound staff Alanna Kinsella and Sunni Morgan.

“Women and children represent the fastest growing groups of the homeless population in the United States,” says Eleanor Ashton, Homeward Bound Senior Resource Development Officer. “We do know that, despite domestic violence being cited as one of the most common causes of homelessness for women, mothers experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable to multiple forms of victimization, including unintended pregnancies and extreme mental and physical violence.”

Sponsor Ingles Markets is providing lunch for the first 125 people who register for the in-person event. Generous sponsors include Annual Key Sponsor Biltmore Estate, HomeTrust Bank,  Nest Realty, Beverly Hanks Realtors, Wicked Weed Brewing, Quility Insurance, Self-Help Credit Union, Pink Dog Gallery, Pine Crest Bed & Breakfast, and 98.1 The River.

The HomeTrust Bank Open Your Heart for Women and Homelessness Luncheon is free and open to the public. This year’s luncheon will be a hybrid event taking place in person at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Asheville as well as on Zoom. To register for either format, visit

Homeward Bound of WNC is a social impact nonprofit working to prevent and end homelessness through permanent housing and support in Buncombe County. Homeward Bound’s methods are based on the national best practice model Housing First which involves moving people into permanent housing first and then providing the wrap-around support services they need to improve their quality of life. With the support of the community, since 2006, Homeward Bound has found homes for more than 2,300 people and 92% have not returned to homelessness. For more information, visit

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