WHO WE ARE

We believe that safe, affordable housing is a right.
We offer our services to those in need without judgment regardless of what their barriers to housing may be.  

HERE in Jackson County was founded in 2018 by local community members dedicated to addressing gaps in Western North Carolina's services for its homeless population.  Since then, we have been designated as Jackson's primary homeless services provider by Jackson County Government and in addition to various regional programs.


Our approach to ending homelessness includes emergency shelter, housing support programs, and assistance in accessing resources necessary to ensure that instances of homelessness are rare, brief, and one time. 

 
 

MEET THE TEAM

ROBERT COCHRAN

Director

DESTRI LEGER

Housing Projects Manager

DENISE BEAN

Prevention & Data Specialist

 
 

OUR STAFF

 

HERE in Jackson County takes a holistic approach ending homelessness. Our staff provides individualized case management services focused on helping clients overcome their barriers to housing.

 

We help at-risk clients avoid entering into homelessness, provide guidance and case management services to those living unsheltered, and continue providing support to our housed clients to ensure their long term success. 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our multidisciplinary Board of Directors is made of community members and stakeholders committed to ending homelessness in Jackson and includes representation with lived experience. 

President - Dr. Marilyn Chamberlin 

Vice President - Monica Frizzell, Dept of Health & Human Services 

Treasurer - Beth Bartlett 

Jennifer Abshire, Jackson County Dept of Social Services

Patsy Davis, Mountain Projects

Adrienne Clark Higdon, Blue Ridge Premier Realty

Suzanne Saucier, Attorney, Legal Aid of North Carolina

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BRENDA MILLET

Back@Home
Western Region Case Manager

KATIE STRONG

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Eastern Region Case Manager

GRETTA WORLEY

Emergency Shelter

Case Manager

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