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Community meeting about emergency shelter at Ramada Inn moves to virtual format

  The City of Asheville has announced that all meetings will be conducted virtually, due to the community spread of Covid-19. For that reason, the previously scheduled in-person August 12 community informational meeting about the City’s emergency shelter at the Ramada Inn will now take place virtually. Join the meeting from 5 to 7 [...]

Buncombe County Homeowner Grant Program and website now accepting inquiries

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.

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City of Asheville to return to virtual meetings 

  Asheville City Council meetings, City-managed advisory boards, and City Council committee meetings will be held virtually until further notice. This will include the Aug. 24 Asheville City Council meeting and American Rescue Plan Act work session.   This decision is based on an extension of an order issued by Governor Cooper allowing cities to to legally hold [...]

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Homelessness: Emergency shelter and the Ramada Inn

  UPDATE: The City of Asheville has announced that all meetings will be conducted virtually, due to the community spread of Covid-19. For that reason, the previously scheduled in-person August 12 community informational meeting about the City’s emergency shelter at the Ramada Inn will now take place virtually. Join the meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, [...]

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What is an emergency shelter, and why does the City of Asheville want to open one?

  While our community has strong shelter providers, our homeless service system needs more overnight capacity for people with complex needs. The existing system gap poses an opportunity to create an emergency shelter with individual rooms for each person or family.    People experiencing homelessness are often in crisis.  This shelter would also provide clinical care and housing-focused [...]

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City of Asheville Stormwater Division to replace culvert under Deaverview Road; detour required

  The City of Asheville Public Works Stormwater Division will be closing Deaverview Road at MilkCo to the North Bear Creek intersection to replace a stormwater culvert under Deaverview Road. The closure is scheduled for August 9, starting at 7:30 a.m. (weather dependent), through 5:30 p.m. August 12. This will be a hard closure with no through traffic [...]

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City of Asheville shares information about Airbnb Renter Protection Policy, plus state and federal rental assistance resources

  City staff has heard from residents that there is a concern about rental evictions, even though the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) has now issued a new order temporarily halting evictions in counties with heightened levels of COVID-19 transmission through Oct. 3.   The City of Asheville is committed to partnerships that identify housing [...]

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Help shape Asheville by serving on a City board or commission

  Looking for a way to get involved in local government and play a part in shaping the future of Asheville? Serving on a City of Asheville board or commission is a great place to start.   Through a variety of boards and commissions established by Asheville City Council, citizens can provide input on the policies that shape [...]

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City of Asheville supports food waste reduction bill introduced to Congress

  Earlier in July, a group of representatives and senators introduced the Zero Food Waste Act to Congress. This legislation would advance the federal goal of halving US food loss and waste by 2030 and reduce the climate, resource, economic, and social impacts of food waste.    This bill would help communities meet local, regional, and [...]

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City of Asheville’s Office of Data and Performance updates community on its first 100 days of operation

  The City of Asheville’s Office of Data and Performance (ODAP) was created to increase transparency in government and to empower the community and City staff to use data for equitable outcomes, accountability, and communication. ODAP has been fully staffed for 100 days and has already been involved in a number of external and internal activities [...]

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Brenda Mills appointed as Interim Equity and Inclusion Director for City of Asheville

  Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell has appointed veteran City employee Brenda Mills as Interim Equity and Inclusion Director as the City continues its search for a permanent director.    In her new role, Mills’ first priority will be to fill all Equity and Inclusion positions and focus on building a cohesive team to strengthen the solid foundation [...]

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