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) 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.

Strategic Partnership Funds

The 2016-2017 Strategic Partnership Fund application process is now open. To download a copy of this year’s application, click here.  Applications are due May 17th, 2016. The HCD Committee will make funding recommendations at its June 7th, 2016 meeting.

The strategic Partnership Fund provides funding for non-profit organizations providing services to Asheville residents. Available funding and funding priorities are determined annually by the Asheville City Council. The Housing and Community Development Committee makes its funding recommendations to City Council. The purpose of the Fund is to directly support the Asheville City Council’s 2036 Vison. Proposals for funding each year must demonstrate how they will directly support those goals. For FY 2015-2016, $158,400 were awarded to local agencies.

For more information or questions, please call 828-259-5851 or email

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


We Are An Award Winning Department


  • 2009: Housing North Carolina Award, for Enka Hills (co-awarded with Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity)
  • 2012: US Department of Housing and Urban Development “Door-Knocker Award,” for Supportive Housing (co-awarded with the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville and Homeward Bound)
  • 2014: Housing North Carolina Award, for Carney Place (co-awarded with Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity)


Community Development Staff

Jeff Staudinger

Assistant Director of Community
& Economic Development

CD Analyst 

CD Financial Analyst

CD Analyst 


Heather dillashaw

Community Development Manager

CD Analyst / Homelessness Lead

CD Specialist
NC HMIS Local System Administrator





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