Buncombe County and Asheville homeless prevention and rehousing.

Non-profits in Buncombe County partner with the United Way in Asheville as well as Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide homeless prevention services. There are a few different agencies that take part in offering this form of help to the needy, including Homeward Bound of WNC, Pisgah Legal Services, as well as OnTrack Financial and Counseling. Depending on the agency and funding levels, there may be grants given or other forms of support.

Tenants can get free legal aid for stopping evictions. This service will be for senior citizens of any income as well as families living in poverty. Others from the Asheville community, that do not meet the proper guidelines, can often receive discounted services. It covers civil matters, which includes housing as well as people with pay or quit notices.

The main organization that administers this is Pisgah Legal Services. The phone number is (828) 253-0406. The legal aid provided can cover various housing issues. They can prevent evictions from both apartments and mobile home parks in Buncombe County. If the landlord is trying to evict a renter due to unpaid utility bills, or maybe they do not want to make repairs, then the legal support can help there as well by helping with payment plans or contesting illegal disconnections.

Legal protection as well as representation is also arranged for the vulnerable. This means that if a disabled person or maybe a senior has repairs that are needed to their property, or maybe they are being discriminated against, the non-profit Pisgah firm can also provide them with free homeless prevention services.

When it comes to financial aid as well as cash grants, the Homeward Bound of Asheville and western North Carolina plays a leading role. The organization uses United Way as well as HUD grants to provide this assistance to clients. When there are no funds offered, then either a shelter or motel room may be arranged by Homeward Bound. The intake number is (828) 258-1695.

The grants can be used for either stopping the eviction or to help rehouse a family. This will include, but is not limited, to paying these following housing costs. Grants can be paid out for rental arrears, utility or heating bills, or even security deposits. More strictly focused on rehousing may be a grant used for moving costs, storage fees, or other miscellaneous fees that a landlord may require.





This form of assistance is always under demand. While the non-profits such as Homeward Bound try to help all low to moderate income families with their rent or housing needs, this is not always possible. Therefore there are many cases in which the applicant will be referred back to the Buncombe County United Way for referrals to other homeless prevention programs. In these cases the tenant may need to reapply at a local charity.

Asheville and county residents that are facing homelessness, or that need to be rehoused, often have an underlying reason why this is. Therefore the advice from OnTrack Financial and Counseling can be very beneficial. This is a leading case management/credit repair firm in the region, and they too can offer advice to tenants.

There is advice given to tenants to help them remain stability housed. Or if a homeless family (that is well on the way to stability) needs additional help in saving money for a security deposit or rebuilding their credit scores, this too can be covered. The counseling agency has specialists that will meet one on one with each client to cover their specific needs.

Any low income family in Buncombe County, or those facing a crisis, can apply for homeless prevention programs. Each case is assessed on a one-off basis. Based on the applicant's need, and available resources, every effort is made to assist the client. The main phone numbers are above.




By Jon McNamara

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