FOR I WAS HUNGRY AND YOU GAVE ME SOMETHING TO EAT, I WAS THIRSTY AND YOU GAVE ME SOMETHING TO DRINK, I WAS A STRANGER AND YOU INVITED ME IN, I NEEDED CLOTHES AND YOU CLOTHED ME, I WAS SICK AND YOU LOOKED AFTER ME, I WAS IN PRISON AND YOU CAME TO VISIT ME. -MATTHEW 25:35-40
For assistance with food, clothing, household items, utilities, heating, rent/mortgage, please visit us at one of the Crisis Ministry locations listed below. You do not need an appointment to be seen. All clients are seen on a "first come, first served" basis.
Persons are welcome to apply for heating assistance when they have a final notice or are out of oil, etc. However, funds from the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) will only be used when the temperature is 32 degrees or below AND someone in the household's life will be threatened due to a verifiable medical condition, being elderly, or a child under age 6 AND there are no other funds available to pay the bill. Please bring ALL the following application documents for heating assistance: (1) final notice bill for electric or gas or measured number of inches of oil in tank, (2) a medical statement from a doctor stating the medical condition and that life will be threatened by the temperature, (3) social security cards for all household members and a picture ID for the head of household.
Downtown Crisis Ministry
24 Cumberland Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
828-259-5305 (P) | 828-259-5307 (F)
South Crisis Ministry
10 Buck Shoals Rd., Arden, NC 28704
828-684-3872 (P) | 828-684-9825 (F)
Hominy Valley Crisis Ministry
1914 Smoky Park Hwy
Candler, NC 28715
828-670-1221 (P) | 828-670-1220 (F)
North Samaritan Crisis Ministry
403 Weaverville Hwy, Weaverville, NC 28787
828-259-5303 (P) | 828-259-5313 (F)
PLEASE BE SURE to BRING:
Social Security card
Final notice for help with utilities
Eviction notice for help with rent/mortgage
Payments Stubs (if working)
Any other financial information (food stamps, disability, etc.)
For non-emergency medical services, tooth extractions, or non-narcotic prescriptions, please visit the medical ministry during our hours of operation listed below. To qualify for medical services, you must be a resident of Buncombe County, not have medical health insurance, and meet the income eligibility guidelines set forth by state. If you have a true emergency, please visit the emergency room immediately.
Hours of Operation
Morning Medical Clinic : Monday - Wednesday | 9 am sign-in
Afternoon Medical Clinic : Monday and Tuesday | 5 pm sign-in | Times may change; please call ahead
Dental Clinic: Monday only | 2 pm sign-in | Times may change; please call ahead
Pharmacy: Monday 9 am - 3:30 pm; Tuesday 9 am - 1 pm; Wednesday 9 am - 1 pm; Thursday and Friday Closed
PLEASE BE SURE TO BRING:
Proof of residency (only if your ID is out of county or state bring something that verifies you are currently living in Buncombe County)
Any medications you are currently taking
For Women and Children
To apply for emergency, transitional, or permanent housing, please call the ABCCM Steadfast House at (828) 398-6920 and put your name on our waiting list. Be sure to call back once a week to let us know you are still need of our help. Failure to call two consecutive weeks will result in being dropped from the waiting list. Please be aware that we cannot give you a specific "wait time" because the length of the waiting list varies and an interview will be conducted before approval. We cannot guarantee anyone a bed. The Steadfast House is for single women, mothers with children, and female veterans.
To apply for emergency, transitional, or permanent housing, please call the ABCCM Veterans Restoration Quarters at (828) 398-6609 and ask to speak with an intake coordinator. If you are a female homeless veteran please call the Steadfast House at (828) 259-5365 for your intake coordinator. To qualify for the transitional housing program you must be between the ages of 18-65, be able to receive services at the VA Medical Center, and have an income of $0- 1,600 per month.
Veterans Restoration Quarters (VRQ) Address:
1329 Tunnel Rd
Asheville, NC 28805
Veterans Employment & Training Services
To apply for short-term employment training, please call us at (828) 258-5314 and ask about the Veterans' Workforce Investment Program (VWIP). All veterans with at least one day of credible active service are eligible except those with dishonorable discharges. VWIP services include comprehensive case management, pertinent referrals to assist in identifying and overcoming barriers to employment, classes at local community colleges or other schooling for higher wage positions or continuing education credits to allow for promotion and employment maintenance, direct placement for on-the-job training with local employers, assistance in acquiring specific schooling and employment needs, and follow-up.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families
To receive housing counseling services, healthcare, personal financial planning services, income support services, legal services, and/or childcare, call (828) 259-5314 and ask for the SSVF intake coordinator. Through these services, our goal is to improve housing stability for low-income veteran families through the SSVF Program, and is a 26-county regional effort to bring an end to homelessness among veterans. SSVF Specialists support veterans by providing case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits, and coordination of community resources. We will also assist veterans by seeking to remove barriers to housing, providing temporary financial assistance with rent, security deposits, transportation, utilities and utility deposits, and open pathways to sustainable housing.