Code Purple called, as snowy weather moves into Asheville

The National Weather Service has placed Asheville and Buncombe County under a Winter Weather Advisory from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday. Jan. 29. According to the Weather Service, there is an 80% chance of snow on Tuesday, with a small accumulation possible, in the 1 to 3 inch range. This will be accompanied by temperatures in the teens […]

Interfaith service set to honor Asheville’s homeless who have died

  An interfaith memorial service to honor Asheville’s homeless and formerly homeless citizens who died in 2018 is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 19 at Haywood Street Congregation, 297 Haywood St. The Haywood Street Congregation provides several ministries to those experiencing homelessness, including twice-weekly meals and worship services and a medical respite care program. The […]

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Homeless Coalition issues Code Purple as frigid temps arrive

With temperatures expected to be below freezing overnight much of this week, the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition issued its CODE PURPLE overnight through Dec. 8 and will likely extend it further in the week due to impending winter weather. The purpose of the CODE PURPLE procedure is to provide a coordinated effort among Asheville and Buncombe […]

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Homeless Coalition calls for Code Purple

With temperatures expected to be below freezing overnight the next few days, the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition issued its CODE PURPLE overnight through Nov. 26-28. The purpose of the CODE PURPLE procedure is to provide a coordinated effort among Asheville and Buncombe County, North Carolina shelters and other organizations to provide emergency overflow shelter to people […]

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Code Purple issued for holiday week

With temperatures expected to be below freezing overnight the next few days, the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition issued its CODE PURPLE overnight through Nov. 20-22. And yes, that includes Thanksgiving Day. The purpose of the CODE PURPLE procedure is to provide a coordinated effort among Asheville and Buncombe County, North Carolina shelters and other organizations to […]

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Code Purple extended as icy weather is expected

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory. Because of that, the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition has extended its CODE PURPLE overnight through Nov. 15-16. The purpose of the CODE PURPLE procedure is to provide a coordinated effort among Asheville and Buncombe County, North Carolina shelters and other organizations to provide emergency overflow shelter […]

Interim City Manager updates community regarding West Asheville notices of violation

Update to the community from Interim City Manager Cathy Ball:   We wanted to provide an update on the Notice of Violation to Firestorm and Steady Collective. After careful review of the information, the determination that the syringe exchange program is most similar to a “shelter” as defined by the UDO stands and will not […]

Asheville-Buncombe 2018 Point-In-Time homeless count results tabulated

  As part of the nationwide 2018 Point-in-Time (PIT) count, the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Initiative conducted a one-night count of homeless individuals and families on Jan. 31, 2018. With the help of local service providers, emergency shelters, housing programs and street count volunteers, the community has collected additional data indicating the continued need for safe and […]

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Asheville Code Purple extended into February

    With overnight temperatures persisting in the 20s and teens this week, the Homeless Coalition has extended its Code Purple for Asheville and Buncombe County nightly Feb. 1-4. Here is a look at the Asheville weather forecast.   Please encourage people to seek safe shelter from the cold. The CODE PURPLE effort stems from the collaborative work of […]

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Asheville Code Purple issued as arctic air returns

  With snow in the Asheville weather forecast and overnight temperatures in the teens, 20s and 30s this week, the Homeless Coalition has extended its Code Purple for Asheville and Buncombe County nightly through Jan. 19.   Encourage those who don’t have a place to stay to seek warmth at local shelters. Shelters will be open during […]

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Code Purple issued as frigid temps move in at the Thanksgiving holiday

  With the Asheville weather forecast of overnight temperatures in the upper 20s and low 30s the next few days, the Homeless Coalition has issued a Code Purple for Asheville and Buncombe County for tonight, Nov. 22, and Thanksgiving, Nov. 23.   Please encourage people to seek safe shelter from the cold. The CODE PURPLE effort stems from the […]

City of Asheville releases Point-In-Time homeless count

As part of the nationwide 2017 Point-in-Time (PIT) count, the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Initiative conducted a one-night count of homeless individuals and families on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.  With the help of local service providers, emergency shelters, housing programs and street count volunteers, the community has collected critical data to support the continued need for safe […]