FEMA, SBA helping those affected by Tropical Storm Fred in Buncombe County

  Both the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are actively working in Buncombe County to assist businesses and residents with disaster assistance for those affected by the impacts of Tropical Storm Fred on Aug. 16-18.    Door-to-door FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams  FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams are going door-to-door in [...]

Major disaster declaration granted for Western North Carolina counties damaged by Tropical Storm Fred, including Buncombe

From the Office of Governor Roy Cooper: The White House and FEMA have granted Governor Roy Cooper’s Aug. 27 request for a major disaster declaration for seven North Carolina counties that were hit hard by floods after Tropical Storm Fred. “This federal disaster declaration will help provide assistance for Western North Carolina communities to rebuild stronger and [...]

City of Asheville offices to close for Labor Day holiday, ART buses to run on holiday schedule

  In observance of the Labor Day holiday, City of Asheville offices will be closed September 6. Here is a look at how City services will be affected.   Sanitation collection Due to Labor Day, trash and recycling collection will be delayed by one day as follows the week of September 6: Monday customers will be collected on Tuesday, Tuesday customers [...]

Emergency shelter initiative continues, Ramada Inn vote delayed

  The City of Asheville continues to work toward establishing a high access emergency shelter to alleviate homelessness in our city. This is a complex project with many moving pieces and stakeholder participation along the way.   While we had anticipated that City Council would vote to purchase the Ramada Inn at 148 River Ford Parkway during their [...]

Asheville City Council returns to virtual meetings and here’s how to participate

  For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville City Council meetings will return to virtual format and be accessible to the public in accordance with N.C. General Statute § 166A-19.24(f) . This includes the 2:30 p.m. Aug. 24 Council work session on the American Rescue Plan Act and the 5 [...]

Flood damages? Info on dedicated call center and local resources

  As our local leaders are assessing the damage to Buncombe County in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Fred, Buncombe County Emergency Services is standing up a call center to connect residents to resources and information. To assist with disaster recovery, Buncombe County has activated a dedicated line for those impacted.   An Emergency Services Call Center is [...]

City of Asheville mobilizes to ensure safety during Tropical Storm Fred flooding

  As remnants of Tropical Storm Fred hit the Asheville area yesterday and into the night, many City of Asheville departments worked in coordination to keep the people of our community safe.  The City activated the emergency operations center early afternoon on Tuesday, Aug. 17, in order to best coordinate City efforts and to work in [...]

Masks to be required in all City of Asheville buildings

  Because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in our community, on Aug. 9 Buncombe County began requiring masks in all County buildings regardless of vaccination status.  The City of Asheville has followed the public health guidance from the Buncombe County Health Department throughout this pandemic and we will continue to do so.  Beginning Aug. [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Asheville City Council votes to allocate $2 million toward Homeward Bound’s purchase of Days Inn for permanent supportive housing 

  In a continuing effort to partner with local agencies to mitigate the impacts of homelessness in our community the City of Asheville will help fund Homeward Bound’s acquisition of the Days Inn on Tunnel Road for permanent supportive housing for our homeless population.   At their July 27 meeting, Asheville City Council approved a [...]

City Hall First Floor Conference Room audiovisual upgrades create more inviting experience for guests and staff

  While City Boards and Commissions were meeting virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, the First Floor North Conference Room in City Hall has received significant audiovisual upgrades.   Four large 86-inch flatscreen display screens for presentations have been added to the front and back of the room for ease of viewing, no matter which direction your seat is [...]

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