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Voices from Asheville’s Emergency Shelter, Part 1: Tony and Lisa

    This spring, the City of Asheville began providing rooms for unsheltered people experiencing homelessness at several hotels in the area, including at the Ramada Inn, 148 River Ford Parkway. This incredible opportunity was made possible by an unprecedented level of federal funding from several sources. It played a key role in keeping our homeless community [...]

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Homelessness: How our whole community wins when we invest in ending homelessness

  Read Part 1 and Part 2 of our series on homelessness solutions in Asheville.   Homelessness issues in Asheville are long-standing and complex. Right now, the City of Asheville has an unprecedented level of resources available to help end chronic homelessness and build the homeless service system we need to best [...]

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City of Asheville’s Business Inclusion Office launches AVL Pathways to Grow training program

  The City of Asheville’s Business Inclusion Office is excited to announce a new training program for local small businesses, AVL Pathways to Grow. The training program is geared towards helping women and small business owners of color to grow and scale up their businesses.   AVL Pathways to Grow is a collaboration between the City’s Business Inclusion [...]

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Share your feedback on ‘AVL Shares Space’ outdoor expansion initiatives

  The City of Asheville is seeking public feedback on temporary initiatives launched in the spring of 2020 to support safe business operations and customer access during COVID-19. These initiatives have enabled over 100 businesses and organizations in Asheville to quickly expand outdoors into adjacent public spaces and parking lots.    Take the survey here.    The [...]

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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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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 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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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 [...]

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Asheville City Council clears way for donation of 2 City-owned lots for affordable housing

  Two single-family lots will be donated to the Asheville Buncombe Community Land Trust so that the organization can build deeply affordable housing on them. The single family homes to be built on each lot will be permanently affordable to families at 60% and below the Area Median Income, at a target sales [...]

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An update on how the City of Asheville is addressing homelessness

    Homelessness in Asheville has long been a serious and complex issue. The COVID-19 pandemic has both highlighted and heightened this reality. While the homeless service system we’ve had in Asheville has ended homelessness for a small number of people annually, it’s never had the resources to operate at a scale that will make homelessness truly [...]

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AVL Shares Space outdoor expansion to continue through 2021

    The City of Asheville’s AVL Shares Space temporary outdoor expansion initiatives launched in the spring 2020 to support safe business operations and customer access in alignment with COVID-19 public health guidelines.    In fall 2020, the City extended these temporary initiatives to align with the Local State of NC Emergency issued [...]

Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville hosts open call for area volunteer groups for 2021-2022 Community Give Back Program

The Harrah’s Cherokee Center - Asheville (HCCA) 2021-2022 Community Give Back Program is currently accepting applications from qualified volunteer groups and non-profit organizations for participation in the following venue programs: Volunteer Concessions Program and Volunteer Venue Clean Up.

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City of Asheville to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks for our community

  The City of Asheville will put on a fireworks display downtown for the Fourth of July! However, for this year, there will be no accompanying festival activities. While there will be no food or drink vendors at the park, people are welcome to bring their own picnic or order take-out from a favorite restaurant.   There will [...]

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City of Asheville releases StoryMap about City-owned property and Urban Renewal 

  The City of Asheville has released a new StoryMap explaining which City-owned properties came from Urban Renewal.   With assistance from UNC Asheville faculty, City staff researched, identified, and mapped existing City-owned properties acquired through three Urban Renewal projects in Asheville. The Urban Renewal and City-owned Property StoryMap shows which City-owned properties came from [...]

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City issues Requests for Proposals for leasing 8 River Arts Place and organic farmland in east Asheville

  The City of Asheville is excited to announce an opportunity to lease two unique City-owned properties. The City invites the business community and local nonprofits to review the Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and apply for these opportunities. Each location has a separate RFP and will require an individual application. The City has released a Request [...]