Avery County Affordable Housing Resources

Rental, Mortgage & Utility Assistance

Northwestern Regional Housing Authority (Avery County)

Provides many kinds of housing opportunities and services to assure affordable, adequate housing.


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Banner Elk Presbyterian Church

Assistance may include financial assistance with rent, utilities (electric, heating fuel, water), food vouchers, etc.


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RAM Reaching Avery Ministry

Financial assistance with utility bills (electric, water, heating fuel, firewood), medical and prescription assistance, and rent/mortgage assistance; emergency shelter for one night (motel voucher).


*Avery County Department of Social Services

Provides utility assistance with heating and cooling costs. Only provides assistance for emergency situations; must have final notice. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) eligibility requirements must be me.


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Homeless, Transitional & Day Shelters

*Steadfast House (Women and Children's Shelter Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry)

A 24-hour transitional housing facility for women and children. Three meals a day served for residents only. Serves 30 single females and up to 7 families with 10 beds specifically for female veterans.

828-398-6920 Waiting List

828-767-1687 Veteran Waiting List

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*Veterans Quarters; (Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry)

A 24-hour a day transitional housing unit and emergency shelter beds for males who are veterans. The shelter is two stories, and on the first floor, there are rooms that are handicap accessible.

Three meals a day are served for residents only.


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*Hospitality House

The Hospitality House of the Boone Area, Inc. is a private, non-profit crisis intervention agency that assists adults and families in homeless situations. It also provides Bread of Life Community Kitchen, Food Pantry, Hunger Relief and Nutrition Programs.


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Western Carolina Rescue Ministries (Overnight Men’s Shelter)

Emergency overnight shelter to male street population (43 beds and 25 overflow mats at maximum capacity). First come-first served. Overflow is only available during Code Purple, which is when temperatures drop below 32 degrees.


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Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens and Delivered Meals

Hunger and Health Coalition of Watauga County (Also serves Avery County)

Assistance may include food, medicine (no controlled substances), and referrals to other community resources.


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Avery County Senior Center

Services include: congregate and home delivered meals, liquid nutrition and food distribution, caregiver support, in-home aide services, transportation services, insurance and Medicare counseling and support groups.


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MANNA Food Bank Help Line

Provides assistance with applying for food stamps over the phone. It also provides referrals to local food pantries and soup kitchens in 16 counties in Western North Carolina.


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Feeding Avery Families

A non-profit Christian organization in Avery County dedicated to eliminating hunger by any means possible including monetary donations, volunteerism or food donations.


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Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina

Non-profit organization providing on-site feeling programs, including group homes, low-income daycare, soup kitchens, homeless shelter and emergency food box programs.


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