Representatives from the City of Asheville, Shangri-La, and Step Up break ground for the supportive housing project.

Representatives from the City of Asheville, Shangri-La, and Step Up break ground for the supportive housing project.

City of Asheville Joins Shangri-La Industries and Step Up to Provide Housing for the Homeless

“The only solution to homelessness is to create permanent supportive housing,” said Andy Meyers, CEO of Shangri-La.

Shangri-La Industries and Step Up, with the support of the City of Asheville, broke ground on a former East Asheville Ramada Inn to provide 113 units of permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness in Asheville.

Representatives from the City of Asheville, Shangri-La, and Step Up break ground for the supportive housing project.
Representatives from the City of Asheville, Shangri-La, and Step Up break ground for the supportive housing project.

The property, located at 148 River Ford Parkway, will create 113 studio apartments, half of which will be dedicated to unhoused veterans, and the other half to the unhoused community of Asheville. Last December’s City Council approval of $1.5 million to fund the first three years of supportive services will make the project possible.

The project, led by Shangri-La Industries, and Step Up on Second Street, represents a unique and significant investment in the community to meet the growing challenge of tackling the homelessness crisis. Permanent supportive housing is an effective and successful approach that provides housing solutions and onsite service support to ensure success for its residents.

“The conversion of the former Ramada reflects our deep commitment to creating housing solutions for all Asheville residents,” said Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer. “This partnership will transform lives while giving necessary access to service veterans and our unhoused community most desperately need.”

According to City Manager Debra Campbell, conversion of the property will bring critical housing solutions to the area’s most vulnerable population.

“The only solution to homelessness is to create permanent supportive housing,” said Andy Meyers, CEO of Shangri-La, a fully integrated real estate firm. “This project is a testament to what we can do when government and private industries come together to solve complex problems and deliver services to our communities.”

The housing model provides onsite intensive support services to each tenant, and has been used as a model to help solve homelessness in communities across the country, noted Tod Lipka, Step Up’s President & CEO.

The partnership between Shangri-La and Step Up enables the community to benefit from wrap-around services while expanding affordable housing opportunities and improving the quality of life for underserved communities. Shangri-La Industries has delivered more than 2,000 affordable housing units throughout California and is quickly expanding to extend services throughout the country.

 

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