Oak Hill Commons caps goals for 10-year plan to end homelessness

(Mountain XPress) Ten years ago, the Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee, made up of eight city and eight county appointees from a variety of organizations, embarked on an ambitious plan to end chronic homelessness in Asheville. Now, almost precisely that amount of time later, it is coming to fruition, with a final project that cty of Asheville Homeless Initiative Coordinator Heather Dillashaw hopes will reduce chronic homeless to a “functional zero.” Oak Hill Commons will be a private housing development, a mixed-use facility meeting workforce rent levels that, Dillashaw says, looks to be completed by mid-to-late 2015. But its unique, and arguably most important, feature is the 24 units designated specifically for the “hard-to-house.” Hard-to-house people, says Dillashaw, are a specific subset of the homeless that need closer attention and care: “They’re not maintaining and they’re still falling apart when they get into housing. Most folks who are experiencing homelessness don’t need this level of intervention.”

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