Things of concern, more information needed
The city’s latest point-in-time count (PIT) of homeless individuals shows a rise in homelessness since last year across all categories except veterans.
The count shows 19 percent (124/637) of unhoused neighbors identify as African-American, not including folks who identify as multiracial. Similar to previous PITs, this represents a significant proportion. Also of note is that most folks who consented to be counted were previously housed in Asheville (58 percent) or elsewhere in WNC (an additional 13 percent). This is contrary to a narrative circulating that unhoused folks are flocking to Asheville from elsewhere in order to take advantage of available services.
The City recently has contracted with the National Alliance to End Homelessness to provide consultation about policy related to homelessness. Ask the City Council and City Manager to ensure that the consultant’s recommendations study and account for the disproportionate suffering experienced by homeless African-American neighbors.
Things to do
We encourage you to reach out to the Asheville City Council and the City Manager via email. Suggest that the National Alliance to End Homelessness recommendations study and account for the disproportionate suffering experienced by unhoused African-American neighbors.
County Commission Presentation: Comprehensive Plan Phase II Analysis & Phase III Rollout
This will provide updates on the strategic/comprehensive plan and community engagement process. Not much documentation/information provided.
Watch and report back. Request the county provide this information ahead of the meeting.
County Commission Presentation: FY2023 Budget Message
The County Manager will provide an update on the budget. No additional information or documentation is provided.
Watch, report back, and be ready to advocate as needed. Request the county provide this information ahead of the meeting.
No action needed
Reparations Commission Meeting #2 Scheduled
The second meeting of the commissioners is scheduled for Monday, May 23rd, 5:30-7:30pm. The location has not yet been communicated.
Things to do
Check the Community Reparations Commission webpage for further updates.