Community Development

About Us

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

The Division works to build opportunities for community access to housing. Community Development manages and administers HUD funded programs for Asheville and 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 a 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 also managed within the Community Development Division.

The Division supports Asheville area citizens on 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.

The City of Asheville and the Community Development Department are happy to welcome Paul D’Angelo to the Community and Economic Development team. Paul is serving as the Housing Development Specialist. He comes to Asheville after serving as the Director of Affordable Housing at Tribute Properties in Wilmington, North Carolina. Paul says, “It’s a great challenge, but it’s also a really great opportunity, and I’m really excited to work with a community that understands the issue and how pressing it is and they’re also working on solutions,”

Meet Paul D. Angelo

Education:

University of North Carolina Wilmington
M.A. – Public Administration / Urban & Regional Planning, Policy & Preservation

Georgia State University
B.A. Film & Video Production / Minor: Broadcast Journalism

University of Delaware
B.S.Financial Management / Minor: Information Systems
Experience:

Previous Planning Manager with the Wilmington Housing Authority, Wilmington, NC, and small business owner. Previously, D’Angelo spent five years working with the Wilmington Housing Authority as the leader of the SouthSide Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, a Housing and Urban Development program that transforms distressed communities with public and assisted housing into viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhoods of opportunity.


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

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 Homeless Coalition and the Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee advises and oversees the Continuum of Care grant, which provides nearly a 1.3 million dollars to the community's homeless programs.

For more information on funding, plans, initiatives, reports, and other helpful resources, please call 828-232-4599


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
Email: mgaskell@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

 

MEGAN GASKELL
Administrative Assistant
mgaskell@ashevillenc.gov
828-232-4599

 

PAUL D'ANGELO

Housing Development Specialist

pdangelo@ashevillenc.gov

828-251-4098

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