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The Situation Nationally: 

  • In 2011 approximately 700,000 people were identified as homeless in the United States.

 This did not include the approximate 7,000,000  “double-up” population – people who live with friends, family or other nonrelatives for
economic reasons

  • More than 1.6 million children, or 1 in 45, are homeless annually in America 

  •  Women represent approx. 26% of the homeless population in the U.S.A.  3% to 4% are women veterans who have served our country

  • Estimates indicate there are approximately 400 homeless women and 300 homeless children at any given time in Buncombe County. This includes those who are doubled up with family or friends 

  • There are not enough facilities and programs available to support the need nationwide and the ones that do exist only provide a place to live with no programs to teach the skills needed for women to become self-sufficient. 

 


The Solution Locally:

  • Provide homeless Women and their children a stable, healthy living environment while developing the necessary skills to become self-sufficient.

  • Do this by using a program that combines the Housing First Model with the Continuum of Care Model based on client needs.

 Click here for more information about the Housing First Model and the Continuum of Care Model.


The Vision:

•150 to 200 spaces for:
    Single women
     Mothers with children
     –Intact families in crisis

•6-12 acres of land with room to provide recreational areas for the children

•Expanded facilities will allow us to increase our support of female veterans 

 


The Plan: 

Motel with 120 to 150 units

•Motel will be dual purpose
     –60 units commercially available
       to the public
     –60 to 90 units for single women 
     –Women in the Transformation Village
       job
training programs will learn to
       operate the hotel as  part of their
       skill development process
     –Income from the public hotel rooms
       will help cover the operating costs of
       the Village

•Separate 18 to 24 unit Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) units will surround the motel
     –Women with children
     –Intact families in crisis

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For more information on this project or how you can get involved please contact Mary Sczudlo at mary.sczudlo@abccm.org.  She would be happy to talk with you about opportunities with the Transformation Village.