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    HELPFUL RESOURCES

    Public Housing and Housing Choice Vouchers:

    The Housing Authority of the City of Asheville (828-258-1222) operates public housing and issues housing choice vouchers.

    Fair Housing

    The North Carolina Human Relations Commission (Toll Free 1-866-324-7474) investigates complaints of housing discrimination.

    Rental Property Search

    www.NCHousingSearch.org is a non-profit website that lists property currently available at affordable rents. The service is free to both landlords and prospective tenants and is very easy to use.

    Lead Based Paint Hazards

    The hazard created by old lead based paint (LBP) in homes can be very dangerous. Persistent elevated blood level in young children is believed to cause permanent damage to the brain and nervous system. Homes built before 1978 may contain LBP, and it is particularly common in homes built before 1950. The following agencies are currently involved in addressing LBP hazards in our community:

    Buncombe County Health Center (828-250-5016)

    Offers free blood level screening for children and can help identify and mitigate LBP hazards

    Asheville office of DENR

    (828-296-4500)

    UNCA Lead Poisoning and Prevention Program

    (828-251-6104) Visitorgs.unca.edu/eqi/LPP/index.html

    Ontrack Financial Education and Counseling (Formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Service)

    Financial counseling, housing counseling for renters and homebuyers, homebuyer education, foreclosure and eviction prevention; (828) 255-5166 or www.ontrackwnc.org

    Social Serve

    Another web site for locating affordable rental housing in major metropolitan areas in North Carolina. www.socialserve.com/tenant/NC/index.html

    Habitat for Humanity

    Home ownership opportunities; (828) 251-5702 or www.ashevillehabitat.org

    Helpmate

    Shelter from domestic violence; (828) 254-2968 (Crisis Line: 828-254-0516) or www.helpmateonline.org

    Mountain Housing Opportunities

    Rental and home ownership opportunities; (828) 254-4030 or www.mtnhousing.org

    Housing Assistance Corporation of Henderson County:

    Affordable rental, senior and special needs housing in Henderson County; (828) 692-4744 or www.housing-assistance.com.

    Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

    HUD's mission is to “increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination.” For information about HUD and HUD-programs, visit www.hud.gov.

    United Way 2-1-1 Service Directory

    For a listing of local services, visit www.211wnc.org or dial 2-1-1 (252-HELP from cell phones).

    Foreclosure Prevention

    The North Carolina Foreclosure Prevention Fund is a state-run program administered by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency  that helps keep families in their homes at no cost to the homeowner. A Mortgage payment program offers zero-interest, deferred loans to pay your mortgage and other expenses to avoid foreclosure after job loss or other unforeseen financial difficulties. A Second Mortgage Refinance Program may also be available to help you refinance a high-cost second mortgage and reduce your monthly payments to an affordable level.

    Visit www.ncforeclosureprevention.gov or call 1-888-623-8631

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