US Hotel ‘Days Inn’ Property to Become 85 Permanent Housing Units
Homeward Bound has recently closed on the Days Inn property on Tunnel Road. The hotel will soon be converted into 85 permanent housing units. Homeward Bound Rapid Rehousing Program Manager Jerry Kivett-Kimbro said they hope to begin renovations in January 2022.
“Now that we have closed we can start moving forward with renovations of the space because it will not be emergency shelter; it will be permanent supportive housing,” said Kivett-Kimbro. “Eighty-five units of housing that will permanently end 85 households homelessness.”
The project is slated to cost around $13.5 million and will include around-the-clock support staff meals, a health clinic and job training. Homeward Bound says, “It’s a unique opportunity to finally be able to house some of the chronically homeless people in our community.”
“This will be a unique housing intervention in our community. It really will be one-of-a-kind. There is no other property that will have the wraparound services, the on-site case management, the on-site security, that will really provide some intentional community for clients who have struggled in other housing interventions,” said Kivett-Kimbro.
Asheville City, Buncombe County, Dogwood Health Trust and an anonymous donor all contributed to the project. The plan is for the units to be ready for people to move in by early 2023. Kivett-Kimbro told that Homeward Bound is working with other local agencies to identify those most in need of this type of housing option.