Asheville experienced an uptick in homelessness in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of last year, there were 547 people living on the streets, according to a nationwide Point-in-Time count, a one-night count of homeless individuals + families.
Need help now? You can always dial 211 to reach the United Way’s “First Call for Help,” which lists organizations serving those needing assistance with housing, food, utility bills and other costs. It’s free and available in multiple languages.
We’ve rounded up all of the resources available to folks experiencing homelessness, including day centers, emergency church shelters, meal support + food pantries, medical care, and more. Plus, we have deets on how you can lend a hand to help support Ashevillians in need.
COVID-19 may affect resource offerings, locations + times, so be sure to contact the organizations directly.
🏡 Aura Home | St. Matthias Church Parish House, 1 Dundee St. | (828) 771-6979 | Serves women veterans. Apply to volunteer or donate here. DYK: Of the 84,000 women vets in NC, over 6,000 are homeless? Aura Home offers housing for women veterans, as well as training for jobs, budgeting, reintegrating into society after the military + more.
🏡 Eblen Charities | 50 Westgate Pkwy. | (828) 255-3066 | Runs a rental and mortgage assistance program and connects people in need with emergency shelter + assistance, as well as other services. Donate, volunteer, or partner here.
🏡 Homeward Bound | 19 N. Ann St. | (828) 252-8883 | Serves the unhoused | Homeward Bound runs WNC’s day center, AHOPE, as well as Room In the Inn (a women’s shelter), and works to find permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness. Volunteer, donate, or see a list of needed supplies here.
🏡 Saturday Sanctuary | First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St. | (828) 253-1431 | Serves the unhoused | Provides safe space on Saturdays from October through March when AHOPE day shelter is closed. Open 1–4 p.m. This operation is not currently available due COVID-19 restrictions, volunteer in other capacities here.
🏡 Steadfast House | 20 Twentieth St. | (828) 259-5364 | Serves women, children, and female veterans | Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) provides a safe place for women + children, plus mentorship, training and short- and long-term goal fulfilment that moves residents towards self-sufficiency.
The ABCCM is also currently developing Transformation Village, which has the goal of taking every woman, child + family off the street. Currently, they have a 24-acre site and are planning a building that will be triple the capacity of Steadfast House and will include a community center, children’s education center, job training center + more. Sign up to volunteer at Steadfast House here +donate to Transformation Village here.
🏡 Trinity Place | 12 Ravenscroft Dr. | (828) 253-7233 | Serves runaway + homeless youth | Offers outpatient mental health services, respite services + foster care services. Donate and find other ways to help here.
🏡 Veterans Restoration Quarters | 1329 Tunnel Rd. | (828) 259-5333 | Serves male veterans | The ABCCM’s residential veterans program offers housing, education, training + more for male veterans. Volunteer here.
🏡 Western Carolina Rescue Mission | 225 Patton Ave. | (828) 254-1529 | Serves the unhoused and people in recovery | This Christian-based rescue + recovery center has been serving meals and providing beds since 1981. It also offers a free addiction program for residents, as well as job training. Their Abba’s Love and Abba’s House program specifically serve women who are experiencing homelessness or abuse. Donate here, drop off needed items, or volunteer.
Meals + supplies
🥪 12 Baskets Cafe | Kairos West Community Center, 610 Haywood Rd. | (828) 232-2149 | Prepared to-go meals from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Tuesday + Friday. Organized by the Asheville Poverty Initiative. Donate + volunteer here.
🥪 BeLoved Free Markets & Meals | mobile | no phone | Provides free meals and food to those in need. Contact for details. BeLoved also has a clothing closet, laundry services + internet services in their Mutual Support Resource Center. Donate + volunteer here.
🥪 Catholic Charities Food Pantry | 50 Orange St. | (828) 255-0146 | Groceries + supplies, as well as access to virtual counseling services for people in need. They’re offering a drive-through food pantry Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. It’s by appointment only, and it can take up to a week to secure an appointment by phone. Donate or get involved here.
🥪 Crisis Ministry | 1543 Patton Ave. | (828) 259-5300 | Serves to-go meals via their renamed Daily Bread Mon. – Fri. from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., and folks are encouraged to eat offsite for COVID-19 safety precautions. Serves hot meals and provides food boxes and a clothing room. Also provides utility + rental cost assistance. Volunteer here. Check out other ABCCM Crisis Ministry locations + services here.
🥪 Downtown Welcome Table | Haywood Street Congregation, 297 Haywood St. | (828) 575-2477 | Lunch, which is sometimes cooked by local chefs, is served to-go style on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.,12:00 p.m., and 12:45 p.m. Donate here, or, if you are interested in partnering, click here.
🥪 God’s Outfitters | Haywood Street Congregation, 297 Haywood St. | (828) 575-2477 | Browse used clothing at this clothing closet, which is designed to be like a positive retail experience for those it serves. Donate here.
🥪 Green Opportunities | Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center, 133 Livingston St. | (828) 398-4158 | This information may not be up to date + could be impacted by COVID-19. Lunch is served between noon and 1 p.m. Monday-Thursday and breakfast is served Friday from 10-11 a.m. for a suggested $5 donation (no one is turned away). Green Opportunities also provides job + skills training and other programming. Find out how to donate, volunteer + more here.
🥪 Hearts with Hands | 850 Warren Wilson Rd., Swannanoa| (828) 667-1912 | Help with poverty, disaster relief + more through providing supplies, including food and medicines. Donate money or supplies. See a supply list here.
🥪 Lunch at the Crossroads | First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. | (828) 252-4781 | Bagged lunches are served outdoors each Thursday at noon. Also on site: a clothing closet + a food pantry. Find information on volunteering here.
🥪 MANNA Food Bank | 627 Swannanoa River Rd. | (828) 299-3663 | MANNA serves the 16 counties of Western NC and provides and is the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the country. Find one of their pantries near you here, or call their Food Helpline at (800) 820-1109. Volunteer or give here.
🥪 Rosetta’s Kitchen | 116 N. Lexington Ave. | (828) 232-0738 | 11 a.m.–10 p.m., closed Sunday | Temporarily closed. Rosetta’s Everybody Eats! program offers a sliding scale rice and beans plate from $2-$6 (anything paid over $6 pays it forward).Pay your next meal forward.
🥪 Western Carolina Rescue Mission | 225 Patton Ave. | (828) 254-1529 | Serves the unhoused and people in recovery | This Christian-based rescue + recovery center has been serving meals and providing beds since 1981. It also offers a free addiction program for residents, as well as job training. Their Abba’s Love and Abba’s House program specifically serve women who are experiencing homelessness or abuse. Donate here, drop off needed items, or volunteer.
🩺 BeLoved Medical Services | mobile | no phone | BeLoved has a team of street medics, CPR and Narcan training + more. BeLoved is often seen taking to the streets to directly help those in critical need. Sponsor a winter survival kit and check out all of BeLoved’s projects here. Volunteer or donate here.
🩺 Buncombe County Health and Human Services | 53 S. French Broad Ave. | (828) 250-5500 | Provides low-cost health services (at the Health Department), plus public assistance for low-income families, including crisis intervention, food assistance + energy assistance (help with heating bills, etc.)
🩺 Steady Collective | 297 Haywood St. | (828) 898-5801 | Focuses on reducing the rate of drug overdose and disease spread with education, advocacy, syringe exchange, and more. Volunteer or donate here.