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.


NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Follow the links below for the latest in Community Development in Asheville and the surrounding area.

City of Asheville to co-host Affordable Housing Summit

The City of Asheville, along with partners Pisgah Legal Services and Buncombe County, will host the 2017 Affordable Housing Summit on September 29 at UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center.

The 2017 Affordable Housing Summit will bring together developers, investors, planners, local government officials, and policy experts in a day of discussions designed to encourage creative and replicable models of affordable development and bring new players to the field. Discussion will center on solution-oriented strategies.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the day’s program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The summit will begin with a keynote by Pulitzer Prize winning author Matthew Desmond, followed with morning and afternoon sessions in concurrent tracks on development/design, finance, policy, and emerging trends.

The summit addresses an issue of great importance to Asheville, said Community Development Director Heather Dillashaw,

“Like many communities across the nation, Asheville is experiencing a crisis in addressing the critical shortage of affordable housing,” Dillashaw said. “The City is grateful for the hard work of the community partners who have come together to sponsor this Affordable Housing Summit. It will be an event focused on both education and creative solutions so we can move forward with concrete steps to provide safe, permanent affordable housing for all residents of the Asheville-Buncombe community.”

Registration is free and includes lunch and a light breakfast. You can click here to register or use the following web address: bit.ly/plshousingsummit.


Education Series - Exploring Permanently Affordable Homeownership Solutions

The City of Asheville's Community and Economic Development Department  presented a public education series about permanently affordable homeownership opportunities. These public sessions focused on identifying Asheville's affordable housing needs, and what options might be most successful at helping open homeownership opportunities and stabilize and strengthen neighborhoods. Below, please find information and materials for the sessions. 

Part 1: Community Land Trusts 101

Community Home Trust Presentation
Athens Land Trust Presentation
Durham Community Land Trustees Presentation

Part 2: Housing Cooperatives

Housing Cooperatives Presentation

Dolce Lomita Presentation

Part 3: How to Form a Community Land Trust

Session 3 Community Land Trust Presentation

Community Land Trust Films

Arc of Justice: the rise, Fall, and Rebirth of a beloved Community

Streets of Dreams


Proposed Action Plan for CDBG and HOME Funds

En Español: Cuidad de Asheville Plan de acción propuesto para los fondos de CDBG y del “HOME"

The City of Asheville has prepared a draft of the Housing and Community Development Annual Action Plan for 2017-2018 for public comment.

The Annual Action Plan for 2017-18 sets out how the City of Asheville and the Asheville Regional Housing Consortium propose to use an estimated $2,523,093 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership funds in the year beginning July 1, 2017. 

The draft plan will be posted on the internet at  www.ashevillenc.gov and is also available at the Community and Economic Development Dept., 5th floor of City Hall; 828-232-4599. Written comments should be sent to: Heather Dillashaw, Community Development Manager, City of Asheville, P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802 (hdillashaw@ashevillenc.gov), to arrive by May 9, 2017. 

A public hearing on the Plan will be held at the City Council meeting starting at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in Asheville City Hall.  Citizens are encouraged to offer comments.

SUMMARY OF ANNUAL ACTION PLAN FOR 2017-2018

CDBG PROGRAM

 Projected Revenue:

Estimated 2017-18 Program Income

$ 339,939

Unbudgeted Program Income

-

Funds available for reallocation

-

New CDBG Entitlement Grant

$ 932,001

Total CDBG Funds Available:

$ 1,271,940


Proposed Use of Funds:

2017-2018 PROGRAM

Funding Recommend.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity - Home Repair

$ 64,000

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity - Homeowner Services

$ 58,836

Carolina Small Business Development Fund – Western Women’s Business Center

$ 85,000

Eagle Market Street Development Corporation – IDA for Small Business

$ 70,000

Green Opportunities – Workforce Development: New Model for Stability & Growth

$ 175,000

Helpmate - Domestic Violence Services

$ 20,000

Homeward Bound - AHOPE Coordinated Assessment

$ 50,000

Homeward Bound – Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing

$ 90,000

Housing Authority of the City of Asheville - Lee Walker Heights

$ 179,703

Mountain BizWorks – Opportunity Asheville

$ 88,750

Mountain Housing Opportunities - Emergency Home Repair

$ 110,000

OnTrack - Financial Capabilities Program

$ 20,000

Pisgah Legal Services - Homelessness Prevention Project

$ 41,000

YWCA - Drop in Childcare

$ 19,263

City of Asheville - Program Administration

$ 200,388

RECOMMENDED FUNDING

$1,271,940

HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

Projected Revenue: 

Estimated 2017-18 Program Income

$ 19,526

Unbudgeted 2016-2017 Program Income

-

Funds available for reallocation

-

New HOME Entitlement Grant

$ 961,627

Total HOME Funds Available:

$ 981,153


Proposed Use of Funds:

2017-2018 PROGRAM

Funding Recommend.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity – Tunnel Road Development

$ 68,038

Homeward Bound – Asheville Tenant Based Rental Assistance

$55,000

Homeward Bound - Buncombe Tenant based Rental Assistance                        $85,000

Mountain Housing Opportunities – East Haven Apartments

$675,000

City of Asheville - Program Administration

$ 98,115

RECOMMENDED FUNDING

$ 981,153



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.

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.

OTHER

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
Email: cd@ashevillenc.gov


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

HEATHER DILLASHAW

Community Development Director
hdillashaw@ashevillenc.gov 
828-259-5851

 

SANDRA  ANDERSON
CD Analyst 
sanderson@ashevillenc.gov 
828-232-4503

 

MARVIN FEINBLATT
CD Financial Analyst
mfeinblatt@ashevillenc.gov
828-259-5735           

 

CHRISTOPHER HNATIN
CD Analyst 
chnatin@ashevillenc.gov 
828-259-5728

CHRISTIANA GLENN TUGMAN

CD Analyst / Homelessness Lead
ctugman@ashevillenc.gov
828-251-4048

 

JONATHON JONES
CD Specialist
NC HMIS Local System Administrator
jjones2@ashevillenc.gov
828-259-5733

 

ANIKA ELLIS
Administrative Assistant
aellis@ashevillenc.gov
828-232-4599

 

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