Buncombe County is excited to announce the launch of a new website to help qualified homeowners streamline the process of submitting an inquiry to the Homeowner Grant Program. As of Friday, Aug. 6, qualified Buncombe County homeowners will have an opportunity to receive financial assistance for housing-related costs. The Homeowner Grant Program is now accepting inquiries for support at buncombecounty.org/homeownergrant or by calling (828) 250-5500.
With the FY22 budget approval, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved $300,000 for this new initiative aimed at helping qualified homeowners. Through a collaborative partnership, residents in the City of Asheville and the Town of Woodfin may be eligible to receive additional assistance, and the program will be administered through Buncombe County Health and Human Services (HHS).
“This is a new idea for our community, and I’m glad we are thoroughly evaluating it,” said Chairman Brownie Newman at the July 13 meeting. “We are trying to provide some financial relief for folks seeing cost of living go up for a variety of reasons. We’ll make adjustments based on what works well,” he said, noting the County might increase the program’s investment in the future.
Through this program, residents who own residential property in Buncombe County that they have lived in as their primary residence for at least five years and who earn at or less than 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) as a household may be eligible to participate. Those who apply for the program and meet these criteria may receive up to $300 from Buncombe County and up to $200 from the City of Asheville or the Town of Woodfin.
Eligible homeowners can submit an inquiry at buncombecounty.org/homeownergrant or call (828) 250-5500 to start the application process. Phone support is available in any language.
“If you think you may qualify, but you aren’t sure, please give our team a call,” said Economic Services Director Phillip Hardin. “We know there are a number of unique circumstances, and our staff will work with homeowners to help find solutions.”
Homeowner Grant Details
- Grant amount: Up to $300 for Buncombe County residents
- City of Asheville and Town of Woodfin residents may receive additional grant of up to $200
- Frequency: Annual
- Length of primary residence: Five years
- Household Income: at or below 80% of AMI
- Application: Income documentation required, unless already enrolled in HHS means-tested economic assisted programs
- Other programs: Applicant will be paired with best-fitting programs with no duplication of benefits. Your household cannot already be receiving tax deferment assistance like homestead exemptions.
- Eligible payment types: If eligible, grantees may choose to have grant funds applied to their property tax bill, city/municipality taxes, and/or applied to other housing-related obligations such as mortgage or insurance. Payments are made directly to the source of the approved bill. Payments will not be made directly to individuals.