Homelessness and Affordable Housing


The NC Housing Coalition is a statewide organization supporting affordable housing throughout the state. Samuel Gunter is their executive director and can be reached at 919-827-4496 or sgunter@nchousing.org.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition offers facts about housing and other costs for North Carolina on this page.  

Key Allies

Homeward Bound is a nonprofit organization ending homelessness in Asheville and Buncombe County with housing and supportive services. The agency is guided by the value that housing is a basic human right. Since 2006 they have moved over 2,300 unhoused individuals into permanent housing. Their current priority is to end chronic homelessness, using a “by name” list to create and implement a housing plan for each person. Homeward Bound has purchased a motel which will be renovated and converted over the course of this year into Asheville’s largest permanent supportive housing facility. This project will end homelessness for 85 of the area’s most vulnerable chronically homeless individuals. To learn more about ending homelessness and how you can get involved, check out their 60 minute See the Hope Tour.

Get involved: Contact Eleanor Ashton, Senior Resource Development Director, at (828) 793-0072 or eleanor@homewardboundwnc.org.


Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1983 as the first Habitat affiliate in North Carolina and is a Charity Navigator 4-star non-profit committed to helping families in need of decent, affordable housing. Through Habitat homeownership and home repair programs, 2,000 adults and children in Buncombe County have achieved the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future. Asheville Habitat mobilizes its supporters to advocate for policies that advance homeownership for low-income households; promote access to affordable housing; promote financial stability; and preserve vibrant communities.

Get involved: Contact Maddy Alewine at malewine@ashevillehabitat.org or call (828) 210-9364.


Just Economics Affordable Housing Strategy Team works on addressing the affordable housing crisis in the Asheville region. They meet monthly, and they are working on several advocacy efforts and projects to improve housing in the community.

Get involved: Contact Carmen Ybarra at carmenybarra@justeconomicswnc.org or call (828) 484-1843.


Pisgah Legal Services are legal advocates that have helped lead local efforts to solve housing problems and prevent homelessness for low-income people in WNC. Together with local partners, our advocacy resulted in a 75% reduction in the number of chronically homeless individuals in Buncombe County between 2005-2010.

Get involvedContact Ally Wilson at Ally@pisgahlegal.org or call (828) 210-3444.