Transformation Village – Housing for Women and Children Experiencing Homelessness
Our local ministry partner, Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM), is active in many aspects of assisting people in Buncombe County. One of these needs struck home as we witnessed people we knew experience homelessness. We want to help make sure that there is a bed for women and children that has no where else to go.
Please read more about this from our partners at ABCCM:
The National And Local Situation
Nationally, more than 1.6 million children, or 1 in 45 American citizens, face homelessness each year. Women represent approximately 26 percent of the homeless population across the country. Three to four percent are female veterans who have served our country.
On a local level, some estimates indicate there are approximately 400 homeless women and 300 homeless children at any given time in Buncombe County including those who are “couch surfing” with family or friends. In 2017, the City of Asheville reported a 10 percent increase in homelessness, according to the national Point-in-Time count.
During the 2015-2016 school year the Asheville City and Buncombe County schools reported 751 homeless children. Steadfast House, our current facility dedicated to housing homeless women and children, has a waiting list of more than 300 individuals. The current capacity there is limited to 43 beds.
Transformation Village is ABCCM’s vision of taking every single woman, mom with children and intact family off the street or out of a car.
We have purchased a 24-acre site near the Asheville Outlets that in Phase One of the plan will more than triple the number of beds we currently have at our Steadfast House. Plans for Phase One also include a community center with housing units, a kitchen and dining facilities, job training center, children’s educational center, a playground and a medical clinic. We are building on our successful programs that move homeless women and children into stability, training programs and career-level jobs that give residents health, safety and education. Subsequent building phases will include housing for intact families, single men with children, female veterans, survivors of domestic violence, and many others.
In 2008, ABCCM bought a motel that we transformed into the Veterans Restoration Quarters and took every male veteran off the streets. We know what it is like to be able to say, “Welcome Home” to every homeless veteran. Our dream of removing the shame of homelessness for our veterans is now our dream for every homeless child, woman and intact family.
Please join us in declaring that no woman or child should be homeless.
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