HERE's mission is to end homelessness throughout Jackson County by providing temporary emergency shelter, housing-focused case management services and short-term financial assistance. Our vision is to secure stable affordable housing and end homelessness throughout Western North Carolina.
We use a Housing First philosophy to help individuals and families experiencing homelessness achieve permanent housing outcomes. Our low barrier services are designed to help those in need without judgment so that everyone in Jackson County has access to safe and affordable housing.
HOW WE HELP
Our Street Outreach and Emergency Shelter Programs help those experiencing homelessness address their immediate needs and connect them to services.
Helping households experiencing secure and maintain safe, permanent housing.
What does that mean?
The State of North Carolina and the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development define literal homelessness as: "The individual's or family's primary nighttime residence is a public or private place not meant for human habitation:' This includes abandoned buildings, places with no plumbing or electricity, outside on the street, in tents or in a vehicle.
While a person may be homeless and couch-surfing between family and friends, that doesn't meet the definition of literal homelessness.