Offering understanding with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Local nonprofits, organization, and City + County staff are hosting events during the week to highlight responses to hunger, homelessness, and related challenges.


The Haywood Street Congregation is hosting several of the week’s events.

Photo via Haywood Street

Joining in a program happening all over the country, the Asheville City Council proclaimed Saturday, Nov. 11-Saturday, Nov. 18 to be National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The week’s purpose is to not only draw attention to the widespread issues but to highlight local relief efforts + responses to the challenges.

The program will kick off Monday, Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. at Haywood Street (297 Haywood St.) with a reading of the official proclamation by Asheville City Council Member Kim Roney and a presentation on understanding and personal responses by Debbie Alford, the City’s Homeless Strategy Specialist. After the presentation, local organizations will be on hand to provide info about their programs.

Throughout the week, you can also attend talks and trainings as well as tours of Bounty and Soul’s community market, Haywood Street’s campus, and Homeward Bound’s Compass Point Village + a session from the City of Asheville and Buncombe County about the National Alliance to End Homelessness. See the full schedule.