Homelessness and Affordable Housing

The NC Housing Coalition is a statewide organization supporting affordable housing throughout the state. Samuel Gunter is their policy 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 1,800 homeless persons 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.

Get involved: Contact Sharon Blythe, Volunteer Services Director, at sharon@homewardboundwnc.org or (828) 776-9741.


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, nearly 1,400 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 Jones at mjones@ashevillehabitat.org or call (828) 210-9364.


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 involved:Contact Michelle Spiegel at michelle@pisgahlegal.org or call (828) 210-3773.