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Asheville City Council votes to extend funding to house unsheltered residents vulnerable to COVID-19

  Recognizing the additional threat of harm posed by COVID-19 to already vulnerable unsheltered residents, the City of Asheville has taken proactive measures to provide socially distanced emergency shelter to people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.    Initially, the City provided temporary shelter to people experiencing unsheltered homelessness who are at increased risk for COVID-19 because of age [...]

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City Council hears update on Asheville’s new Office of Data and Performance

  Money reallocated in the budget as part of Reimagining Public Safety is being reinvested into a new initiative designed to increase transparency in government and provide data-driven accountability to our community.   During their Jan. 26 meeting, staff provided an update to City Council on the City’s newly launched Office of Data and Performance. [...]

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Asheville Office of Sustainability engages BIPOC communities on climate justice initiative

  On Jan. 28, 2020, Asheville City Council passed a Resolution Endorsing Declaration of a Climate Emergency and Emergency Mobilization Effort to Restore a Safe Climate. You can read a copy of the resolution at this link.   The City’s Office of Sustainability would like to provide a community update on work related to [...]

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Asheville City Council to hold Jan. 26 work session on affordable housing prior to regular remote meeting

    For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville City Council meetings remain virtual at this time. That includes the 5 p.m. Jan. 26 City Council meeting. Prior to the formal meeting, City Council will hold a 3 p.m. virtual City Council work session on affordable housing. The work session agenda is located

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New Asheville Police Department community initiatives continue to grow

    Two recently-implemented community-centered initiatives started by the Asheville Police Department (APD) have gained traction throughout the city.   The Dec. 1, 2020, launch of “TIP2APD” made it easier than ever for residents to make officers aware of issues impacting their neighborhoods.   TIP2APD, a mobile application and texting tool, allows the public to share anonymous tips [...]

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City of Asheville announces recipients of racial healing mini-grants

  The City of Asheville is pleased to announce the recipients of Asheville racial healing mini-grants. This is the second year funding has been made available.  The City received 29 applications and selected nine.  The mini-grants represent a total community investment of $40,000.    The following organizations will receive funding: Operation Gateway (Collaborative project: Workforce Development/YMI Cultural Center and [...]

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Lights to shine in Asheville in acknowledgement of those lost to COVID-19 

  As a memorial to remember and honor the lives lost to COVID-19, the City of Asheville will join with cities and towns across the country tonight,  Jan. 19, with a special lighting of Asheville City Hall and the Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville. The Presidential Inaugural Committee has invited cities and towns around [...]

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City of Asheville staff to present updated hotel development ordinance to Planning and Zoning Commission

    Following two City Council work sessions, the City of Asheville Department of Planning and Urban Design has further analyzed the proposed hotel development regulations and will be holding a public hearing to present the revised regulations at 5 p.m. Feb. 3 the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.    At the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting , City [...]

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Asheville Police Department releases public transparency dashboard

  In keeping with a commitment to provide greater transparency and accountability, the Asheville Police Department (APD) has created a “one-stop” public data dashboard. The dashboard takes statistics available through open data sites, and puts them into one easily accessible location. The data is formatted in a way that is easy to understand and provides a [...]

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City of Asheville to hold introduction to new Office of Data and Performance

  Community is invited to attend, ask questions   In December, the City of Asheville established the Office of Data and Performance to support a results-based, data-driven approach to the City programs and clear communication about what our programs intend to achieve, how they expect to achieve it, and how they are doing.   At 5:30 [...]

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Asheville extends repayment plan for customers who fell behind in utility payments

    Understanding the continuing economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Asheville is extending the safeguarding of City utility accounts for all customers from shut-offs due to nonpayment.   To be clear: Bills will not be forgiven, but rather customers who fell behind in payments will be offered payment plans to help them catch up [...]