The city of Asheville is once again enforcing an ordinance that makes outdoor camping illegal on city property. Assistant City Manager Cathy Ball said the city is working with Homeward Bound, Sunrise Wellness and Recovery, and BeLoved Asheville to get people experiencing homelessness into one of 52 area hotel rooms the city agreed to pay for through June 30.
“After 10 o’clock parks close, so we’re not allowing additional camping and parks at this time,” Ball said.
She said payment for the rooms will come from the $26 million allotment the city will receive as part of the American Rescue Plan. A city spokesperson could not provide News 13 with an immediate cost estimate of the city’s short-term extended hotel stay solution but did say it will include funding for job placement and efforts toward permanent housing.
Ball said the city is looking for more private sector partners to increase access to permanent homes. She said the goal of the extended stay is to provide people without homes access to temporary shelter while they work with Asheville nonprofits to gain the resources necessary to become self-sustainable. It is not clear if permanent housing will be immediately available by June 30 when hotel funding expires.