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Presented by Jim Lowder
Housing First is a homeless assistance approach that prioritizes providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness. This approach is guided by the belief that people need basic necessities like food and a place to live before attending to anything less critical, such as getting a job, budgeting properly, or attending to substance use issues.
Join us for a discussion of how this approach differs from other approaches, the key elements of a housing first program, who can be helped, programs offered, measures of success, the extent of homelessness in our community, and the cost savings for communities because housed people are less likely to use emergency services, jails and emergency shelter.
Particularly exciting is the recent partnership with the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, Dogwood Health Trust and private individuals for the purchase of the Days Inn on Tunnel Road that will ultimately transition from a hotel to housing for 85 of Asheville’s most vulnerable and chronic homeless population. Anticipated for move-in beginning January 2023, known local residents will receive wrap around services from community partners including on site medical care, food and other support. Based on the success of a similar housing model at Woodfin Apartments in downtown Asheville for the last five years, learn more about this exciting community leading initiative.
Jim Lowder, has been a longtime staffer and leader at Homeward Bound serving in may positions including acting executive director in 2016. Prior to his work at Homeward Bound, Jim was Director of Development for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity and the Interim Executive Director of Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. Jim holds a degree in Religion and Philosophy from Duke University, a MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.