UPDATE-Order Concerning Court Operations For April 6-May 25 Criminal Sessions

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION

COUNTY OF BUNCOMBE

IN THE MATTER OF THE OPERATION OF THE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION IN JUDICIAL DISTRICT 28

ORDER CONCERNING COURT OPERATIONS FOR THE April 6th through May 25, 2020 CRIMINAL SESSIONS

This matter came on before Alan Z. Thornburg, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, in the exercise of the Court’s in-chambers jurisdiction.  The undersigned judge makes the following order subject to orders previously entered by Chief Justice Cheri Beasley of the Supreme Court of North Carolina.

  1. On March 13, 2020, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley entered an order pursuant to N. C. Gen. Stat. 7A-39(b)(2) determining that catastrophic conditions resulting from a public health threat posed by COVID-19 exist in all counties of this state. That order was updated pursuant to an order issued by the Chief Justice dated March 19, 2020, further extending deadlines.
  2. On March 27, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 121 directing all individuals in the state to stay in their place of residence subject to limited exceptions. North Carolina’s courts are a critical government function and are therefore exempt from the order. Nevertheless, the courts are directed, to the extent practicable, to maintain social distancing requirements, including “facilitating online or remote access by customers if possible.”
  3. Pursuant to the Chief Justice’s most recently updated order of April 3, 2020, all superior court proceedings shall be scheduled or rescheduled for a date no sooner than June 1, 2020.
  4. The Chief Justice’s original order of March 13, 2020, order of March 19, 2020, and order of April 3, 2020, (collectively “orders”) permit proceedings to be held when “the proceeding will be conducted remotely.” Emergency Directive 1, Exception 1.
  5. The Chief Justice’s orders permit proceedings when “the proceeding is necessary to preserve the right of due process of law.” Emergency Directive 1, Exception 2.
  6. The Chief Justice’s orders permit proceedings when “the proceeding is for the purpose of obtaining emergency relief.” Emergency Directive 1, Exception 3.
  7. Finally, the Chief Justice’s orders permit proceedings when the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge “determines that the proceeding can be conducted under conditions that protect the health and safety of all participants.” Emergency Directive 1, Exception 4.
  8. Chief Justice Beasley further ordered the Clerk of Superior Court to post notices on the doors at all courthouse entrances directing persons who have likely been exposed to COVID-19 not to enter the courthouse.
  9. The District Attorney will prepare calendars for the each of the weeks of April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, and May 25, 2020. Some defendants on the calendars will be in custody.
  10. Each weekly session of court must be held for some cases to preserve the right of due process of law and the undersigned Judge believes by implementing certain measures, including scheduling and social distancing, the Court can conduct these proceedings under conditions that protect the health and safety of all participants.

 

Pursuant to the provisions of the orders entered by Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, it is hereby ordered for the purposes of the criminal calendars of April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, and May 25, 2020, in Buncombe County that:

  1. No trials will be conducted during these sessions of court and no petit jurors will report or be brought to the courthouse.
  2. No calendar call will be held for these sessions of court.
  3. Certain matters involving defendants held in the Buncombe County Jail may be conducted remotely whenever possible with the defendant’s consent.
  4. Criminal motions and pleas, including first appearances and bond hearings, as well as probation matters, will be conducted beginning at 10:00 a.m. on the Monday of each session and continuing throughout the week on a staggered schedule in District Court 1A courtroom for matters given a scheduled time slot by the Assistant District Attorney. Attorneys are directed to contact the Assistant District Attorney assigned to your case to schedule a time to appear in court.
  5. The Court has been advised that the District Attorney will consider requests by attorneys to add matters to the published calendar for disposition.
  6. If defendants are physically present in the courtroom or holding area, defendants shall be assigned a place to sit while awaiting their hearing by the courtroom officers so that appropriate social distancing (at least six feet from other individuals including their attorneys) may be maintained.
  7. Court personnel shall maintain appropriate social distancing (at least six feet apart) while at their work stations.
  8. Any other individuals in the courtroom shall maintain appropriate social distancing (at least six feet apart).
  9. Hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and gloves will be provided in the courtroom and shall be utilized by all individuals handling documents.
  10. District Court 1A courtroom used for these sessions of court is sufficiently large to enable social distancing to be effectively used for all participants.
  11. Attorneys for defendants who have matters on the calendars that need to be heard to protect the rights of the defendants should contact the district attorney’s office to coordinate scheduling of these matters.
  12. Continuances will be freely given for reasons related to concerns over the Coronavirus and any such motions to continue shall be communicated to the Assistant District Attorney assigned to that case.
  13. No individual who has been exposed to COVID-19, is otherwise banned from the courthouse by virtue of Chief Justice Beasley’s order or is expressing symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus, shall be required to be present in court and shall not enter the courthouse. Any defendant who meets these requirements shall contact his or her probation officer or attorney to advise them of their exposure and/or banned status prior to the hearing.
  14. Nothing in this Order conflicts with or is inconsistent with the Buncombe County “Declaration of a Local State of Emergency Stay Home – Stay Safe” effective March 26, 2020, as this order is consistent with the operations of the state courts as an essential government function pursuant to Article I, Section 18 of the North Carolina Constitution.
  15. Nothing in this order conflicts with or is inconsistent with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 121.
  16. This order and its provisions are subject to being amended or superseded.

This the 3rd day of April, 2020.

 

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Alan Z. Thornburg

Senior Resident Superior Court Judge

UPDATE-Order Concerning Court Operations For April 6-May 26 Civil Sessions

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION

COUNTY OF BUNCOMBE

IN THE MATTER OF THE OPERATION OF THE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION IN JUDICIAL DISTRICT 28

ORDER CONCERNING COURT OPERATIONS FOR THE April 6th through May 25, 2020 CIVIL SESSIONS

This matter comes on before Alan Z. Thornburg, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, in the exercise of the Court’s in chambers jurisdiction.  The undersigned judge makes the following order subject to an order previously entered by Chief Justice Cheri Beasley of the Supreme Court of North Carolina.

  1. On March 13, 2020, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley entered an order pursuant to N. C. Gen. Stat. 7A-39(b)(2) determining that catastrophic conditions resulting from a public health threat posed by COVID-19 exist in all counties of this state. That order was updated pursuant to an order issued by the Chief Justice dated March 19, 2020, further extending deadlines.
  2. On March 27, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 121 directing all individuals in the state to stay in their place of residence subject to limited exceptions. North Carolina’s courts are a critical government function and are therefore exempt from the order. Nevertheless, the courts are directed, to the extent practicable, to maintain social distancing requirements, including “facilitating online or remote access by customers if possible.”
  3. Pursuant to the Chief Justice’s most recently updated order of April 3, 2020, all superior court proceedings shall be scheduled or rescheduled for a date no sooner than June 1, 2020.
  4. The Chief Justice’s original order of March 13, 2020, order of March 19, 2020, and order of April 3, 2020, (collectively “orders”) permit proceedings to be held when “the proceeding will be conducted remotely.” Emergency Directive 1, Exception 1.
  5. The Chief Justice’s orders permit proceedings when “the proceeding is necessary to preserve the right of due process of law.” Emergency Directive 1, Exception 2.
  6. The Chief Justice’s orders permit proceedings when “the proceeding is for the purpose of obtaining emergency relief.” Emergency Directive 1, Exception 3.
  7. Finally, the Chief Justice’s orders permit proceedings when the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge “determines that the proceeding can be conducted under conditions that protect the health and safety of all participants.” Emergency Directive 1, Exception 4.
  8. Chief Justice Beasley further ordered the Clerk of Superior Court to post notices on the doors at all courthouse entrances directing persons who have likely been exposed to COVID-19 not to enter the courthouse.

Pursuant to the provisions of the orders entered by Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, it is hereby ordered for the purposes of the April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, and May 25, 2020, Civil Calendars in Buncombe County that:

  1. All trials will be continued to a future date no sooner than June 1, 2020, to be determined by counsel for the parties and the Trial Court Coordinator Marc Shimberg.
  2. No calendar call will be held for these sessions of court.
  3. All motions on the calendars will be heard either by conference call or remotely where consented to by all parties. If the parties request that the remote proceedings be recorded, the presiding judge and clerk will be present in District Court 1A courtroom (or equally equipped courtroom) and approved courtroom recording equipment will be utilized.  Mr. Shimberg will contact the parties to make the necessary arrangements for scheduling these hearings. In accordance with Section 18 of Article I of the Constitution of North Carolina these proceedings are open to the public.  Any individual interested in accessing the proceedings may do so by contacting the Trial Court Administrator for a link to the proceedings.
  4. If the parties cannot agree to having the matter heard by conference call or remotely, the matter will be rescheduled by the Trial Court Administrator or, if the presiding judge believes that the matter can be heard safely utilizing social distancing and the calendaring of only one motion at a particular time period, the matter may be heard at the originally-scheduled time. Any individuals in the courtroom shall maintain appropriate social distancing (at least six feet apart).
  5. Hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and gloves will be provided in the courtroom and shall be utilized by all individuals handling documents.
  6. Any party or attorney who is expressing symptoms of the coronavirus or believes that he/she has been exposed to COVID-19, shall contact Marc Shimberg for further instructions.
  7. No individual who has been exposed to COVID-19, is otherwise banned from the courthouse by virtue of Chief Justice Beasley’s order or is expressing symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus shall be required to be present in court and shall not enter the courthouse.
  8. Nothing in this Order conflicts with or is inconsistent with the Buncombe County “Declaration of a Local State of Emergency Stay Home – Stay Safe” effective March 26, 2020, as this order is consistent with the operations of the state courts as an essential government function pursuant to Article I, Section 18 of the North Carolina Constitution.
  9. Nothing in this order conflicts with or is inconsistent with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 121.

This the 3rd day of April, 2020.

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Alan Z. Thornburg

Senior Resident Superior Court Judge

Chief Justice Beasley Issues Order Postponing Court Proceedings Until June 1, 2020

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley issued an order on April 2, 2020, containing seven emergency directives. The order:

  • Postpones court proceedings for a second time to June 1, 2020
  • Continues to direct clerks of court to post notices  at court facilities discouraging entry by those infected with COVID-19
  • Authorizes court proceedings to be conducted by remote audio and video transmissions
  • Directs attorneys and others without business before the court to avoid court facilities
  • Allows use of a sworn statement under penalty of perjury rather than notarization for court filings and oaths
  • Allows service of court documents by email
  • Extends the deadline for payment of most fines and fees by 90 days and directs clerks not to report failures to pay court debt to the DMV.
  • “Judicial officials and court personnel statewide are going above and beyond to serve the public during this health emergency,” said Chief Justice Cheri Beasley. “My number one priority is to protect them and the public by limiting gatherings and foot traffic in our county courthouses, while making sure our courts stay available to serve the public.”

The April 2 order follows Governor Roy Cooper issuance of Executive Order 121 on March 27, 2020, directing all individuals in the state to stay in their place of residence subject to limited exceptions. North Carolina’s courts are a critical government function and are therefore exempt from the Order. Nevertheless, the courts are directed, to the extent practicable, to maintain social distancing requirements, including “facilitating online or remote access by customers if possible.”

With North Carolina’s COVID-19 infections expected to peak in late April, it is imperative that court operations remain as limited as possible through the next two months. Use of telecourt functions for a wider range of hearings will alleviate the growing backlog in the court system and ensure that courts continue protecting constitutional rights and the safety of North Carolina’s most vulnerable people. Efforts to further leverage technology, including through electronic filing and additional online services continue to move forward as well.

The Chief Justice’s order also extends the time for payment for court debts in traffic and criminal cases for 90 days and suspends reporting of failures to pay to the DMV.

“We want people to know that they do not need to come to the courthouse right now to pay a traffic ticket,” said the Chief Justice. “Deadlines for those payments have been extended and licenses will not be suspended until this emergency passes. We want people staying at home and staying safe.”

Traffic tickets and some other fees can still be paid at NCcourts.gov. The public can also sign up there for text reminders for rescheduled court dates.

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley has taken several other emergency steps to help stop the spread of the coronavirus:

  • On March 13, Chief Justice Beasley issued two emergency directives postponing most cases in superior and district courts for 30 days and instructing local officials to take steps to limit the risk of exposure in courthouses
  • On March 15, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley issued a memo providing guidance to local judges, clerks, and district attorneys as they worked to implement earlier directives. The memo allowed for the public and court personnel to practice social distancing and other preventative measures recommended by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control
  • Chief Justice Beasley issued an additional emergency step on March 19, 2020, when she issued an order that extended deadlines in the trial courts until April 17, 2020
    On March 27, the Supreme Court of North Carolina ordered an extension on all appellate court deadlines for 60 days.
  • In light of this rapidly evolving public health situation, the Judicial Branch will provide continuously updated information on our website, NCcourts.gov. The public is encouraged to visit NCcourts.gov as a first resort to determine if a question can be answered without calling the local courthouse.  If you have a question about your court case, please first view the county page in which the case is filed for any local announcements, as well as the closings and advisories page, then, if needed, contact the clerk of superior court office before you go to the courthouse. The public may also visit the Judicial Branch Facebook page and Twitter account to access information related to the coronavirus health concern.

Online court services are available for handling some court business, including citation services, paying your ticket, court payments, signing up for court date notifications and reminders, eFiling court documents for certain courts and case types, and more.

 

Homeless Services Local Updates and Information 4-7-2020

FROM: Brian Huskey, Community Development Analyst, City of Asheville
DATE: April 7, 2020
RE:  April 7 – Homeless Services Local Updates and Information

Most recent information is reflected first in the list below. Please keep me posted on updates/changes/limitations.
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First Baptist Church will not be providing their Thursday lunch service this week.
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AHOPE Day Center is now operating only Monday-Friday, 8-12.
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The Asheville Homeless Coalition will not meet  on April 14 as scheduled this month.
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The ART bus system has made adjustments and reductions to its schedule on some routes.

170 – has been discontinued
S6 – has been discontinued
WE-1 – runs once each hour, leaving the station at 40 minutes past the hour.

Assessment of the transit system capacity will happen on a day-to-day basis, and be updated as the situation evolves. The City of Asheville and ART are continuing to follow the guidance of local public health officials and the CDC, including following social distancing and cleaning guidelines.

There are several ways to keep up with any ART schedule changes:

  • Download the Transit app to any smartphone.
  • Check real-time transit information on Google Maps.
  • Dial 828-253-5691 and press #1.
  • Subscribe to iRide Service Alert e-mails here.
  • Go to RideTheART.com under “Service Alerts.”

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Western North Carolina Community Community Health Services is open, seeing well patients in the morning and sick patients in the afternoon. They are screening everyone at the entrance and seeing some folks outside in their cars if needed.  Dental is open for emergencies only (no routine care).
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Guidelines for how homeless services providers can connect people experiencing homelessness with available testing, isolation, and quarantine resources are available here.
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THE SALVATION ARMY

The Salvation Army (TSA) is serving hot dinner plates 7 days a week 4-6 pm in our mobile disaster food truck in the United Way (50 S. French Broad Ave.), available for walk up and drive thru meals.

TSA shelter remains in isolation mode and is requiring residents to shelter in place. However, residents with essential jobs will be allowed to work upon providing a work schedule. For those with emergency financial assistance needs, TSA is continuing such assistance by phone appointments only. TSA is also providing pre-packed food bags to individuals, by appointment only.

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Porta-Johns have been deployed to the following locations:

Haywood Street Congregation, 297 Haywood St.
AHOPE Day Center, 19 N. Ann St.
Western Carolina Rescue Ministries, 610 Haywood Rd.
ABCCM Medical Minstry, 155 Livingston St (River Arts District)
ABCCM Crisis Ministry (Downtown), 24 Cumberland Ave.

Handwashing stations have also been deployed to several of these key sites where food is being provided (ABCCM Cumberland Ave location, Haywood Street Congregation, 12 Baskets on Haywood Rd) as well as Homeward Bound’s AHOPE Day Center.

Mapping for these locations: https://avl.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=f1282c9f87c54b609aa0b3e674226f06

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VA MEDICAL CENTER – The walk-in clinic at the VA remains operational and continues to have staff in the office to address urgent needs.  If you have access to a phone, you can call at 828-298-7911 Ext 1198.  For additional assistance, please contact Amanda Stancil, Homeless Outreach Social Worker, directly at 828-273-3266. Please also contact Amanda if you are or know of a veteran who has been turned away or unable to access shelter due to increased shelter restrictions at this time.
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ABCCM – Veterans Restoration Quarters (VRQ) is currently unable to admit any civilians or overnighters to emergency shelter. Admissions to Grant Per Diem (GPD) beds are conducted on a case-by-case basis.
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Asheville City Schools McKinney-Vento eligible homeless families are provided meals M-F along with other support services as needed.
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SWANNANOA VALLEY CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
Emergency seasonal shelter is closed for the year. Ministry Center new hours are 9:30 – 2:30 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday; Tuesday 12:00 – 2:30.  When people arrive at the Ministry they are asked to call in to receive assistance.
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HELPMATE
Helpmate’s emergency shelter is closed to new intakes. They are working to find an alternative option as soon as possible to shelter survivors who call them in extremely dangerous situations. However, their leadership believes the risk to their current residents is too high for them to continue to accept new survivors into their shelter population.

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ABCCM CRISIS MINISTRY SITES

At all four ABCCM Crisis Ministry sites, they continue to offer the normal services of food boxes, clothing, furniture, appliances, household goods, and financial assistance.  Once families or individuals come to their closest Site and register, they conduct intake via phone. For clothing needs, they are shopping for clients and offering some choices based on the list they provide to ABCCM staff during the intake process.  If they need a food box and transportation is a barrier, ABCCM can set up a delivery once the need has been assessed. At their Downtown site, 24 Cumberland Ave., they continue providing to-go meals Monday-Friday from 11AM-2PM.

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BUNCOMBE COUNTY SCHOOLS

The McKinney-Vento liaison has set up home deliveries for the families that do not have transportation or for whom there is a financial hardship, delivering meals from child nutrition or providing them with food boxes if there are additional needs. Eligible families can call 828-225-4768 for assistance.
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WESTERN CAROLINA RESCUE MINISTRIES

The shelter remains on isolation status. Those who leave will not be able to return. They will continue to do lunch and dinner outside for the general population. They will also continue to do food boxes.  They are trying to keep the clients in the building safe and virus free. Their Thrift Stores are also closed.

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ART bus service remains fare-free. https://www.ashevillenc.gov/news/asheville-installs-social-distancing-measures-on-art-buses-during-covid-19-public-health-emergency/ There is increased cleaning of buses and the transit station.

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DAY-BY-DAY AVAILABLE FOOD AND DAY SERVICES:

WEDNESDAYS

AHOPE Open from 8-12 (bathrooms, showers, mail, storage)
ABBCM Downtown Crisis Ministry, hot meals to go, 24 Cumberland Ave, 11-2

HAYWOOD ST. to-go lunch from 10:30-12:00
THE MISSION bag meals for lunch and dinner
SALVATION ARMY meals to-go 4 pm – 6 pm in United Way parking lot, 50 S. French Broad Ave.

THURSDAYS

AHOPE open from 8-12 (bathrooms, showers, mail, storage)
THE MISSION bag meals for lunch and dinner
ABBCM Downtown Crisis Ministry, hot meals to go, 24 Cumberland Ave, 111
SALVATION ARMY meals to-go 4 pm – 6 pm in United Way parking lot, 50 S. French Broad Ave.

FRIDAYS

AHOPE open from 8-12 (bathrooms, showers, mail, storage)
12 BASKETS will offer food to-go from 11-1
ABBCM Downtown Crisis Ministry site, hot meals to-go 24 Cumberland Ave, 11-2
THE MISSION bag meals for lunch and dinner
SALVATION ARMY meals to-go 4 pm – 6 pm in United Way parking lot, 50 S. French Broad Ave.

SATURDAYS

HAYWOOD ST to-go lunch from 10:30-12:00
SALVATION ARMY meals to-go 4 pm – 6 pm in United Way parking lot, 50 S. French Broad Ave.

SUNDAYS

HAYWOOD ST. to-go breakfast from 8:30-10:00
CHURCH OF THE ADVOCATE to-go meals at 2:30
SALVATION ARMY meals to-go 4 pm – 6 pm in United Way parking lot, 50 S. French Broad Ave.

MONDAYS

AHOPE open from 8-12 (bathrooms, showers, mail, storage)
THE MISSION bag meals for lunch and dinner
ABBCM Downtown Crisis Ministry, hot meals to go, 24 Cumberland Ave, 11-2
SALVATION ARMY meals to-go 4 pm – 6 pm in United Way parking lot, 50 S. French Broad Ave.
TUESDAYS
AHOPE open from 8-12 (bathrooms, showers, mail, storage)
12 BASKETS will offer food to-go from 11-1
THE MISSION will offer bag meals for lunch and dinner
ABBCM Downtown Crisis Ministry, hot meals to go, 24 Cumberland Ave, 11-2
SALVATION ARMY meals to-go 4 pm – 6 pm in United Way parking lot, 50 S. French Broad Ave.
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OTHER SERVICES:

TRINITY PLACE RUNAWAY AND HOMELESS YOUTH SHELTER

  • All meetings with SW, therapists, GAL, and guardians are being done remotely.
  • Food is available to foster care families and clients for pick up at Trinity in the porch freezer. (Please call for availability).
  • All children are being quarantined with staff.
  • They are operating under Code Purple intake process.

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ELIADA HOMES: Eliada has implemented a “no visitor” policy. Anyone with a fever or symptoms is restricted from programming.

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HOMEWARD BOUND OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

  • AHOPE is now operating M-F days a week 8-12. Only essential staff will come in, only 4 at a time.  Bathrooms, showers, mail, and storage remain available during the hours they are open.
  • Outreach – Essential meetings only, connecting with folks on the phone when possible.
  • Room in the Inn has moved to AHOPE. Homeward Bound personnel are staffing it overnight.

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ABCCM (VETERANS RESTORATION QUARTERS and STEADFAST HOUSE)

No overnighters or civilians for shelter at this time. GPD admissions on a case-by-case basis.  Meal times are spread out to decrease the number of people gathered at any single time. Nurse is available on-site to consult with anyone who is symptomatic.

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WESTERN CAROLINA RESCUE MINISTRIES

  • Shelter is on isolation status; anyone leaving will not be able to return.
  • All Health Clinic activities have been shifted to Dale Fell at this time.
  • Continues to do lunch and dinner outside for the general population. They will also continue to do food boxes.

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12 BASKETS offers food to go on the Tuesdays and Fridays between 11-1. People are encouraged to bring their own containers.

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HAYWOOD STREET CONGREGATION
Haywood Street Respite is currently closed and not accepting new referrals. Hours for Wed/Sat lunch are 10:30 – 1:00; Sunday breakfasts are 8:30 – 10:00. All meals are “to-go” style, with boxes being served from multiple stations around their campus. Other activities on campus are temporarily suspended, including God’s Outfitters Clothes Closet, fresco visitation, haircuts, art and acupuncture. The Steady Collective has a mobile unit on campus for syringe services on Wednesdays during lunch and other partners may table or offer services onsite alongside their meals.

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VA HOMELESS SERVICES

The VAMC continues to screen everybody who enters the facility in their cars as they enter the campus. The HCHV Program has gone to a non-in-person care delivery service as much as possible. They are checking in with Veterans over the phone and screening them, encouraging home care as much as possible and social distancing measures. Current VASH voucher holders continue to be placed in housing, but no new vouchers are being issued at this time. They are organizing food delivery and other essential items such as medication and toiletries.Their outreach Social Worker is coordinating with Homeward Bound, CoCs, shelters and medical providers to triage any homeless Veterans who need care or essential items. GPD Liaisons are working with GPD Grantees to ensure they have emergency response  plans. Also, ensuring that the Grantees are connected with local health departments and community medical providers.

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Non-profit organizations are eligible for Disaster Relief Loans from the Small Business Administration. Details here, or call (800) 659-2955.

Brian K. Huskey
Community Development Analyst
City of Asheville
bhuskey@ashevillenc.gov
(828) 251-4048