Community Development


About  Us

The Community Development Division is part of the City’s Community & Economic Development Department.

The Division manages and administers HUD funded programs for Asheville and for a four county consortium, consisting of Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania and Madison Counties. These programs provide affordable housing, economic opportunities and other benefits for low-income residents. They include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Partnership Act (HOME), Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) and other programs funded by HUD. Most of the funding from these programs is distributed to organizations in Asheville and the four county consortium through competitive application processes.

The Division also manages and administers City of Asheville funding for affordable housing and outside agencies. Affordable Housing programs include the Housing Trust Fund, and Affordable Housing Fee Rebate program. The Asheville-Buncombe County Homelessness Initiative is managed within the Community Development Division.

The Division is the staff liaison to Asheville area citizens for issues related to affordable housing and community development.


The City of Asheville 2014-2015 Annual Action Plan is now available. The plan was approved by City Council on April 22, 2014 during a public meeting.

The Annual Action Plan for 2014-2015 sets out in detail how the City of Asheville and the Asheville Regional Housing Consortium propose to use $2,370,468 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funds in the year beginning July 1, 2014.

The approved plan is posted here and is also available at the Planning Dept., 5th floor of City Hall; phone: 828-259-5721.

Committees and Advisory Boards

Housing and Community Development Committee

The Housing and Community Development Committee aims to enhance the quality of life in Asheville and the livability of neighborhoods by providing policy recommendations to Council on all matters relating to the creation and maintenance of housing within the city, including public housing and affordable private housing; and all matters relating to the alleviation of homelessness and services provided to homeless individuals within the city.

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee works in conjunction with City leadership and staff to implement the 2008 Affordable Housing Plan.  The specific functions of the committee are to consider affordable housing policy issues and advise City leadership about those policies; to develop concrete action steps to implement the highest priorities of the Affordable Housing Plan, and to update that Plan as appropriate over time.

For a copy of the 2008 Affordable Housing Plan, click here.

View the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee’s ‘Overcoming Challenges in Our Community’  PowerPoint.

Asheville Regional Housing Consortium

The purpose of this Consortium is to improve the quality and increase the supply of affordable housing for low- and very low-income people within the jurisdictions of the units of general local government located in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania Counties that have executed the Consortium’s “Joint Cooperation Agreement.”

Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee

The Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee, a joint committee of Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Commission, exists to provide oversight for the implementation of the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness by sharing, applying, and tracking groundbreaking strategies that make a permanent and measurable difference in homelessness in Asheville and Buncombe County.

Homeless Coalition

The Homeless Coalition is a group of advocates, providers, and people who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness. The group manages the Continuum of Care grant, which provides nearly a million dollars to the community's homeless programs.


For more information on funding, plans, initiatives, reports, and other helpful resources, please call 828-259-5723.

Contact Us

Location: Asheville City Hall, Fifth Floor, 70 Court Plaza
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mailing address: P. O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
Fax: (828) 350-0014


Community Development Staff

Jeff Staudinger

Assistant Director of Community
& Economic Development

sandra anderson

CD Analyst

Tara Irby

Outreach Coordinator


CD Analyst / Homelessness Lead

Heather dillashaw

Community Development Manager

Marvin Feinblatt

CD Financial Analyst


CD Specialist


Administrative Assistant

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