Matt Peiken | BPR News

An estimated 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness in a given year. And while downtown Asheville is the public face of our region’s homelessness, there’s an artistic effort at Blue Ridge Community College, in Hendersonville, to spotlight rural homelessness.


Mountain views, hiking trails an exploding food scene and more breweries per capita than anywhere else in U.S.   It’s easy to see why the Asheville area is spilling over with tourists and newcomers.   The boom is a boost for the economy but often makes for a busier and sometimes more challenging day for police and other first responders whose job it is to care for both tourists and the people who live  here.  WCQS’s Helen Chickering reports.

City of Asheville

Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing Saturday & Sunday night in Asheville and Buncombe County.  Therefore, a 'Code Purple' has been declared for homeless shelters this weekend.  Shelters will be open to the homeless during the day and other times when they would typically be closed.   Shelters offering 'Code Purple' services include  -

A-Hope Day Center