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City of Asheville publishes Affordable Housing Guide

    One of the most significant barriers to economic prosperity for America’s lowest-income families is the lack of decent, accessible, and affordable homes. Research shows that when people have stable homes that they can afford, they are better able to find employment, achieve economic mobility, age in place, perform better in school, and maintain improved health.    The [...]

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City of Asheville asking for input on community development needs

  The City of Asheville is working on its Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Consolidated Plan. The Consolidated Plan and Analysis of Impediments is designed to help states and local jurisdictions to assess their affordable housing and community development needs.   Every five years, the Community Development staff works with community stakeholders [...]

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Haywood Streetscape Improvement project moves forward with construction contract, anticipated to begin in January

    The Haywood Streetscape Improvement project is another step closer to construction, following City Council’s Nov. 12 authorization to execute a contract with Tennoca Construction Company as well as a memorandum of understanding with the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) of Buncombe County for cost sharing.   This project includes sidewalk replacement, street resurfacing, stormwater improvements, sanitary sewer replacement [...]

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Asheville holiday festivities kick-off Nov. 22, in time for the Holiday Parade on Nov. 23, and continue through the season 

    With the holidays around the corner, the City of Asheville is excited to promote several festive events around town that encourage families to enjoy the winter season while eating, shopping and celebrating the holidays in the city’s business districts. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in Asheville Nov. 22 for the kick off of the

Asheville City Manager Development Forum set for Friday

    The City of Asheville’s Office of Economic Development hosts the City Manager’s Development Forum twice a year, in May and November. The next forum is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15, at the U.S. Cellular Center Banquet Hall, 87 Haywood St. The forum — which is free and open to the public — [...]

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Local artists selected for Celebrating African Americans Through Public Art (CAAPA)

  The City of Asheville and Celebrating African Americans Through Public Art (CAAPA) are pleased to announce the selection of two local artists — Joseph Pearson, a mural artist and Phyllis Utley, a literary artist —  to work alongside Art Ecologie. Their collaborative artwork will be installed at the corner of Biltmore Avenue and Eagle Street [...]

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City of Asheville shares Code Purple network resources

    As temperatures begin to drop we want to make sure people know where to go when frigid weather strikes. If you or someone you know needs shelter, the following sites are available when the Asheville-Buncombe CODE PURPLE is in effect.   Code Purple is a voluntary effort among private sector shelter providers, coordinated by the

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Halloween happenings, plus safety tips from the Asheville Police Department

  Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids, but a worrisome one for parents. Here you’ll find safety tips from the Asheville Police Department that will help make Halloween a good night for all. Plus a list of City-related Halloween events.   City Halloween happenings Oct 25-26 Haunted Castle on the Hill, 7-10 p.m. at Stephens [...]

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City of Asheville accepts significant donation for affordable housing from Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community

  In recognition of the City of Asheville’s commitment to the creation and expansion of affordable housing, a local organization decided to donate a quarter of a million dollars toward the effort. Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community is donating $250,000 to the Asheville Affordable Housing Trust to assist in the City’s efforts to increase the supply of [...]

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City of Asheville joins Buncombe County, MAHEC and Vaya for opioids community update

  According to recent statistics from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, opioid overdose deaths across North Carolina dropped for the first time in five years; yet the numbers from Buncombe County tell a different story.   Opioid use and overdose continue to impact our community in a number of ways. We’ve made progress but [...]

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Ticketed event scheduled Saturday at Carrier Park

  The interior portion of Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Road, will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 12, for a ticketed special event.   Park spaces outside the velodrome, including the picnic shelter, the ballfield and some open spaces will not be impacted. Use of the greenway will not be affected.   PostAnnouncementsNewsPress ReleasesCommunity and Economic DevelopmentParks and Recreation

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Asheville housing market report outlines challenges and gains

    The City of Asheville contracted a study to examine the housing market for the City of Asheville and Buncombe County. The study by Bowen National Research provides a high-level overview of the current market, including affordability issues, as well as areas of affordability that remain challenging for the region. The study points to many issues [...]

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City of Asheville to fund focused homeless street outreach effort

  Partnering with Homeward Bound, the City of Asheville will fund a full-time position to provide assertive street outreach for homeless populations not currently being served.   At their Sept. 24 meeting, City Council allocated $150,000 in the adopted Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget to Homeward Bound for homeless street outreach services. This will be used to [...]

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Asheville Special Events office launches monthly open houses

  Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 19, the City of Asheville will begin a series of monthly informal, open house/community meeting opportunities to meet with businesses and residents who are interested in producing special events within Asheville city limits. Whether the event is held on public or private property, indoors or outside, the objective is to help guide [...]

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Country superstar Kacey Musgraves plays 2 nights of sold-out shows in Asheville

    For the second night in a row, award-winning country music star Kacey Musgraves played a two-night stand of sold-out shows Sept. 16-17 at the U.S. Cellular Center’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.   She is the winner of six Grammy Awards, four Country Music Association Awards, and three Academy of Country Music Awards, including female Artist of the Year.  [...]

City launches Asheville Business Inclusion Office

  The City of Asheville’s Minority Business Program is now the Asheville Business Inclusion Office. The office will still help local minority businesses. The name change is to better reflect how we are moving forward with the equity work that the City is doing; we need to internally change the way we view race, ethnicity, and [...]

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Recap: Asheville City Council affordable housing worksession

  Asheville City Council held a worksession on affordable housing Sept. 6 at the U.S. Cellular Center Banquet Hall. During the session, Council reviewed the realities of local affordable housing needs, barriers to building affordable housing and the role of the City as a partner. Staff and outside speakers presented information on how we move forward together [...]