Affordable Housing


City staff looks forward to our role in delivering quality projects to the Asheville community. Over the next few months staff will focus on developing project plans, schedules and communication tools. Project progress will be communicated through different tools and community meetings over the course of the next 7 years including quarterly updates to City Council.

The proposed $25 million in housing affordability bonds will provide additional support for the housing Trust Fund, a program that assists in creating diverse and affordable housing choices. It will also enable the city to re-purpose city-owned land for development that supports housing affordability.

The proposed bond program will supplement the programs that are already in the City’s annual operating budget and capital improvement program.

 


 

City of Asheville Housing Bond Project Investment

City of Asheville Housing Bond

Project

Area

Investment

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

 


Helpful Links

 

Appendix 1: Affordability Requirements and Rents

Understanding bonds & the Referendum Process

 


Education Series

 

Exploring Permanently Affordable Home-ownership Solutions

The City of Asheville’s Community and Economic Development Department  presented a public education series about permanently affordable home-ownership opportunities. These public sessions focused on identifying Asheville’s affordable housing needs, and what options might be most successful at helping open home-ownership 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

The City of Charlotte Partnership Presentation

 


Work Session Presentations

 

Wages, Housing and the Gap – Affordable Housing – Hard and Complicated

The City’s Role and Policy Discussion – The City’s role in affordable housing

Asheville City Council Workshop – The Development of Affordable Housing – Introduction to Laurel Street

 


Get Involved

 

Citizen Advisory Committees

The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) works in conjunction with City leadership and staff to implement the 2009 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’. Click here to visit the AHAC page for more information, and meeting materials.

The Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee exists to provide oversight for the implementation for 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. Click here to visit the HIAC page for more information and meeting materials.

 

Council Committees

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. Click here to visit the HCD Page for more information and meeting materials.

 


Contact Information

 

Paul D’Angelo, Community Development Program Director

Community and Economic Development

828-251-4098

 

Additionally, if you would like to sign up to receive any/all Affordable Housing News, please contact:

Megan Gaskell

 


Updated 10/23/2019

 


 

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