Video tour: City of Asheville offers affordable two-bedroom condo

The City of Asheville cares about affordable housing! We are excited to announce the availability of an affordable two-bedroom condominium unit within walking distance to downtown and McCormick Field. This condo is being offered at below market value and must be sold to an income-eligible household. The number to call if you are interested is 828-232-4599. Scroll [...]

Applicants sought for $900,000+ available to create affordable housing in Asheville

CLARIFICATION: An earlier edition of this article said HOME Investment Partnership money was available to private parties. It should have said private developers. Some $928,000 in federal HOME Investment Partnership money is available locally to create new affordable housing and/or to make existing housing affordable. The Asheville Regional Housing Consortium is requesting applications from nonprofits [...]

Recap: Council votes to change regs for accessory dwelling units (ADUs)

You might call them backyard cottages. The official name is “accessory dwelling units: ADUs.” They are nothing new; you will find existing units dotted around town, sometimes as garage apartments. But ADUs are not as prevalent as you might expect in a city facing a housing shortfall. A few years ago the city’s Affordable Housing Advisory [...]

Column: Lack of affordable housing a crisis for Asheville

In a guest column in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville City Councilman Gordon Smith writes about how the City is working to address affordable housing: The lack of affordable housing in Asheville is truly a community crisis. While Asheville City Council is taking unprecedented steps to address it, we need more community partners to help provide affordable [...]

Sized right: Accessory apartments offer affordable options

There’s a nationwide conversation brewing around something called accessory apartments. In the past few years, communities have examined these use by right additions to single-family residences, and are praising them for their contribution to affordable housing. Right here in Asheville, that conversation took place as early as 1948. “Garage” apartments are featured in the City’s first zoning [...]

Neighborhood groups invited to participate in Asheville Festival of Neighborhoods

The Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) will hold the second annual Festival of Neighborhoods on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at A-B Tech in the Ferguson Auditorium at 2:00 p.m.  Asheville City Council established NAC to help strengthen the bonds of community and improve the quality of life for residents. This year’s festival will feature workshops focused on [...]

Read Asheville’s 5-year Housing Needs report

What are Asheville’s housing challenges? How will a changing population affect Asheville’s housing stock? And what needs must be met to ensure affordable housing is available in the future? Addressing Asheville’s housing conversation requires answers to those and other questions, which is why, every five years, the City of Asheville commissions a Housing Needs Assessment for [...]

Housing and Community Development survey needs your input!

The Asheville Regional Housing Consortium, through the City of Asheville Community and Economic Development Department is now preparing the 2015-2020 Consolidated Strategic Housing and Community Development Plan. This Plan will guide the distribution of federal HOME funds for affordable housing in Buncombe, Madison, Henderson and Transylvania Counties. These funds are available to non-profit agencies and [...]

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