City of Asheville seeks community input on Five-Year Consolidated Planning priorities at upcoming public forums

The City of Asheville’s Community and Economic Development Department invites the public to attend upcoming public forums to assist in the creation of the Five-Year Consolidated Plan. The Plan sets out a framework for using federal HOME funds in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania counties, and Community Development Block grant (CDBG) funds in the city of Asheville during the period from 2015-2020.

The Consolidated Planning process is an opportunity for citizens to review local community needs and assets related to affordable housing and homelessness in the counties, and the additional issue of non-housing community development in Asheville, and to provide input for the creation of the next five-year plan.

The following is a list of the upcoming public forums, all are invited to attend and provide input:
· Asheville/Buncombe, 6 PM on January 22, 2015, Grant Center 285 Livingston Street in Asheville
· Asheville/Buncombe, 9 AM on January 23, 2015, Public Works Large Conference Room, 161 S Charlotte Street
· Henderson County, 6 PM on January 27th at the County Planning Board Room, 100 N King Street in Hendersonville
· Madison County, 6 PM on February 5 at the County Cooperative Extension Office at 258 Carolina Lane in Marshall

For more information about upcoming county meetings contact Roberta Greenspan at 259-5728 or and for Asheville/Buncombe contact Tara Irby at 259-259-4599 or
For information about the Consolidated Plan contact Jeff Staudinger 828-259-5723 or