Affordable Housing

The City of Asheville understands that a healthy affordable mixed-income community needs a variety of housing types at a variety of price points, both homeownership and rental, for the variety of incomes, wages and salaries produced in Asheville. Unfortunately, many wages, salaries & incomes produced in our area don’t support the average housing costs in Asheville, both homeownership and rental.

The City of Asheville recognizes that it can play a valuable role in providing affordable housing within the City and eliminating this affordability gap.  The current housing market has a significant lack of affordable units and presents a variety of challenges, including housing’s connection to a thriving local economy for our residents who live and work in Asheville.

The City is committed to utilizing the policy tools at its disposal, listed below to produce, preserve and protect affordable housing. The City’s recognizes its role in the solution towards affordable housing as –

  • Funder
  • Convener / Collaborator 
  • City-owned Land
  • Regulatory  
For questions – email Paul D’Angelo, Community Development Program Director, at


Affordable Housing Tools


Resources and Information


2021 Affordable Housing Guide in both English and Spanish for local rental properties and resources 

Homelessness Resources Guide 

2021 Affordable Housing HUD Area Median Income (AMI) Rents / Appendix 1

2021 Homeownership Expense Calculator with HUD Area Median Income (AMI) / Appendix 2 

For additional information & resources, please see the Community Development News & Updates Tab


City Council Work Sessions 


Affordable Housing Worksession – January 26, 2021 – Google Slides Presentation

Affordable Housing Worksession – September 6, 2019


Developer Investment Tools 


City Owned Land

Housing Trust Fund (HTF)

Land Use Incentive Grant ( LUIG)

Fee Rebates Policy

Expedited Review

Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) Connection Discount


Understanding bonds & the Referendum Process
*Bond Dashboard Update Coming Soon*

City of Asheville Housing Bond




Funding to re-purpose city-owned land for affordable housing Citywide $15,000,000
Housing Trust Fund Citywide $10,000,000
Total   $25,000,000








Contact Information


Paul D’Angelo, Community Development Program Director

Community and Economic Development


If you are looking for affordable housing, suffering a housing crisis, in need of rental assistance or down payment assistance, or you have concerns about our homeless community, 

Please Call 211. The service is free, confidential and available in any language.



Updated 7/28/2021



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