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

Public Meeting Notice:

The City of Asheville is currently looking at three sites to potentially develop for affordable housing. If you would like to learn more and give your input on the development, please consider attending the meeting. 

Affordable Housing Bond-Feasibility Study, Public Open House 

Wednesday November 14 2018, 4-7 pm

City of Asheville Development Services Office, Public Works Building at 161 S. Charlotte Street


Vacancy: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

Are you interested in sharing your experience and knowledge with the City? Do you want to have a voice in the City’s growth and future? The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) has a vacancy and we are looking for the right person to bring their experience and knowledge to the Committee. Committee members work in conjunction with City leadership and staff to:

Consider affordable housing policy issues and make recommendations to City leadership (via the Housing and Community Development Committee) about those policies

Develop concrete action steps to implement the highest priorities of the Affordable Housing Plan, and to update that plan as appropriate over time

Advise City leadership and staff regarding affordable housing priorities for the investment of City-controlled funds.


For an application form, please visit the City’s Boards and Commissions webpage or contact the City Clerk at (828) 259-5839 or by email at sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov. Applications are open until December 27 2018, with anticipation of a new appointment in early January 2019.

For more information about the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, please see the AHAC webpage or contact Paul D’Angelo, Housing Development Specialist, at pdangelo@ashevillenc.gov.



"Priced Out"-The movie

Asheville Habitat for Humanity showcased a film last week called Priced Out: 15 Year of Gentrification in Portland, Oregon. Priced Out is an investigative and personal look at housing discrimination and the pain of losing a community to gentrification.While we don't have a link to watch the film, please look for more information here ...

https://www.pricedoutmovie.com/

The film was well received and the link above allows access to the first film on Portland gentrification and affordable housing-NorthEast Passage.


City of Asheville Community and Economic Development welcomes Michael Blair

Michael Blair has joined the City of Asheville’s Community and Economic Development Department as the Community Development Program Director effective Monday, October 29. Blair will be working with department staff, committees and advisory boards, and City partners (for-profit and nonprofit), to improve the availability and affordability of a variety of decent housing options in Asheville. Part of his duties includes seeking out new funding opportunities, like Opportunity Zone Funds, to increase the affordable housing stock and improve the economic health of our neighborhoods.


Before joining CED, Blair worked for the Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC) as the Housing Department Director where he worked on efforts to implement regional housing improvements and other Community Development and Planning activities throughout the 12 county PTRC region. Blair’s experience in housing is vast, from 2012 to 2018 he expanded Piedmont Triad Region involvement in State-funded rehabilitation programs from 1 to 13 counties and provided application services for other state program grants. He took on managing an 8 county Weatherization Program in late 2017.


Blair is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with more than 17 years’ experience as an urban planner and grants administrator (HUD Entitlements CDBG and HOME, NC CDBG Small Cities, NCHFA SFR, EDA, BEDI, ESG, and HOPWA).


Michael’s contact information: mblair@ashevillenc.gov; Office 828-251-4017


City opens surveys on Strategic Partnership Funds and Community Development Block Grants


The City of Asheville Community Development Department administers grants for the Strategic Partnership Fund and the Community Development Block Grants.
The Housing and Community Development Committee (HCD) has begun discussion of establishing new criteria and guidelines for both types of grants. 

In response to an increasing number of applications submitted annually for funds, and a finite amount of funding to allocate, the committee is evaluating the allocation process and funding criteria and  asking for community input on the potential changes to the process.

Residents are invited to take two surveys posted on Open City Hall. 

The committee will take the survey result into account in its decision making for the 2019-2020 fund allocation process.

Open City Hall Asheville is a responsive platform — surveys can be taken on a desktop computer, cellphone or tablet. If you don’t have the direct link, you can type Open City Hall Asheville into any search engine, such as Google.
Registration is optional but encouraged. It is quick and easy with only 3 fields to fill in. Participant information is not shared with a third party.


Both surveys will be open through Nov. 4.


Eligible HOME Reallocation Projects

The Asheville Regional Housing Consortium Board, at its meeting of September 5, 2018, addressed the issue of the process of reallocating 2018-2019 HOME funds that had been conditionally awarded in the City of Asheville 2018-2019 Action Plan, but for which other funding necessary for project feasibility had not been awarded.

The Consortium Board determined that that a project would be eligible to apply for reallocated funds if it met one of the following eligibility criteria:

1) the HOME request in the 2018-2019 funding cycle was not fully funded,
2) the HOME request in 2018-2019 funding cycle was not funded at all,
3) a prior HOME award had not yet been fully committed (i.e. did not have a signed Grant Agreement), and
4) a prior HOME award was fully committed, but a new commitment could be made within 12 months of the prior commitment.

Based on these criteria, the following projects are eligible to apply for reallocated 2018-2019 HOME funds:
Henderson County Habitat for Humanity, Dodd Meadows Phase 5
Workforce Homestead, Inc, Amaranth
Wesley Community Development Corp., Rocky Ridge Apartments
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, Tunnel Road Development
Mountain Housing Opportunities, East Haven Apartments

The total available funding is $1,239,145. Application will be due by 4 pm on Wednesday, October 10 2018, and the Consortium Board will meet in late October or early November to make recommendation for funding. These recommendations will be reviewed in a public meeting and considered by the Asheville City Council on a date to be announced.

Contact Jeff Staudinger, Interim Community Development Director, with questions at jstaudinger@asheillenc.gov.


FY 2018 Subrecipient Workshop Handouts

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3


City of Asheville
Proposed Action Plan for CDBG and HOME Funds

The City of Asheville has prepared a draft of the Housing and  Community Development Annual Action Plan for 2018-2019 for public comment:

The Annual Action Plan for 2018-19 sets out how the City of Asheville and the Asheville Regional Housing Consortium propose to use an estimated $3,208,265 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership funds in the year beginning July 1, 2018. 

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 Director, City of Asheville, P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802 (hdillashaw@ashevillenc.gov), to arrive by June 12 2018.

A public hearing on the Plan will be held at the City Council meeting starting at 5:00 PM on Tuesday June 19 2018, in Asheville City Hall. Citizens are encouraged to offer comments.

SUMMARY OF ANNUAL ACTION PLAN FOR 2018-2019

CDBG PROGRAM

Projected Revenue:

Estimated 2017-18 Program Income

$70,000 

Estimated 2016-17 Program Income

$ 50,000

Funds available for reallocation

$171,000  

New CDBG Entitlement Grant

$1,037,798

Total CDBG Funds Available:

$ 1,328,798

 

 Proposed Use of Funds:

2018-2019 PROGRAM

Funding Recommend.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity-Home Repair

$62,500

CARING for Children-Trinity Place Runaway Shelter and Homeless Youth Shelter

$25,000

Economic Development Joint Application-Opportunity Asheville-Expanding Small Business Ownership and Success in Low-Income Communities

$115,320

Getting Back to the Basics-Project EDUCATE/Lighten Up

$20,000   

Green Opportunities-Expanding Employment Pathways in the Margins

$150,000

Helpmate-Emergency Shelter for Domestic Violence Survivors

$25,000

Homeward Bound – AHOPE Coordinated Entry

$47,805

Homeward Bound-Progressive Engagement and HACA

$81,000

Housing Authority of the City of Asheville-Edington Auditorium

$199,359

Mountain Housing Opportunities-Emergency Home Repair

$72,500

OnTrack Financial-Financial Capabilities Program

$18,949

Pisgah Legal Services-Homelessness Prevention Project

$35,000

Positive Changes Youth Ministries-Youth Elevation Collaborative Program

$175,000

The SPARC Foundation-SPARC Employment and Life Skills Initiative

$43,000

YWCA Mother Love

$15,000

YWCA - Empowerment Child Care

$21,805

City of Asheville - Program Administration

$221,560  

RECOMMENDED FUNDING

$1,328,798

HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

Projected Revenue:

 

Estimated 2017-18 Program Income

$19,526

Unbudgeted 2017-2018 Program Income

       

Funds available for reallocation

$476,246 

New HOME Entitlement Grant

$1,383,695

Total HOME Funds Available:

$ 1,879,467

 

Proposed Use of Funds:

 

2018-2019 PROGRAM

Funding Recommend.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity-Curry Court, Candler

$120,000

Community Housing Coalition of Madison County-Rural Rehabilitation

$100,000

Henderson County Habitat for Humanity-Dodd Meadows Phase Five

$125,000

Homeward Bound-Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)  Asheville

$40,000

Housing Authority of the City of Asheville-TBRA Resident Mobility Program

$75,000

Mountain Housing Opportunities-Clingman@Hilliard

$500,000

Vision Property LLC-49 Old Leicester Highway

$40,000

Workforce Homestead, Inc-Falling Waters

$600,000

City of Asheville - Program Administration

$140,322

Contingency

$139,145

RECOMMENDED FUNDING

             $1,879,467


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.

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.”

ASHEVILLE-BUNCOMBE HOMELESS INITIATIVE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Asheville-Buncombe 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 5 Year Strategic Plan on Homelessness in Buncombe County 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

MICHAEL BLAIR

Community Development Program Director
mblair@ashevillenc.gov
828-251-4017

 

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

 

 MARVIN FEINBLATT

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

 

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

 

BRIAN HUSKEY

CD Analyst-Homeless Lead

bhuskey@ashevillenc.gov

828-251-4048

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