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Asheville Housing Fair Sept 19

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville and Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS announce the 2015 Asheville Housing Fair to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. September 19 at the Stephens Lee Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave. The event is free and open to the public and will guide consumers and homeowners through a myriad of questions surrounding credit, renting, vacation rentals and more.

Representatives from more than 20 nonprofit organizations and associations will be on site to provide information and one-on-one assistance to persons seeking to learn more about affordable housing options.

A series of workshops will be held throughout the event. The workshop schedule includes:

– Living in 120 Square Feet – Life in a Tiny Home

– Learn Your Rights as a Renter

– Credit: Get It. Keep It. Improve It

– The ABCs of Home Buying

– What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit?

– Homestays

– Landlords are Part of the Solution

– Everything You Wanted to Know About Affordable Housing

A tiny home exhibition will be on display in the Stephens Lee Center parking lot. Two Tiny Homes will be on display.

The Asheville Housing Fair will be family friendly with a playground and toddler bouncy house on site. There will be a free hot dog lunch provided by the Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS®.

A complete list of participating organizations and a full workshop schedule can be found on the event website, ashevillehousingfair.com. Event information is also available by phone, at 828-259-5728, or by emailing [email protected]

About the City of Asheville:

The City of Asheville strives to provide the highest quality and most efficient municipal services possible. The City serves a population of 87,000 people with services ranging from public safety to economic development, parks & recreation, water resources and more. Find detailed information at ashevillenc.gov.

About the Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS®

The Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS® (LOTSAR) is the longest running REALTOR® association in North Carolina. LOTSAR’s mission is to enhance our members to exceed, to foster high ethical standards, to promote private property rights, and to be the voice of home ownership. The Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS® is located at 37 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28801.

Housing Needs Assessment Presentation Jan 20

Monday, January 19th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Patrick Bowen, President of Bowen National Research will present findings on the soon-to-be Housing Needs Assessment for the Asheville region, on January 20th. He will share findings with city and county officials, housing professionals, and interested community members in two presentations, both open to the public.

The first event takes place at a joint meeting of the Asheville Regional Housing Consortium and the Housing and Community Development Committee from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. at the Banquet Hall of the U.S. Cellular Center.  In the evening, an informal meet and greet will start at 6:30 PM and continue with a question and answer period from 7-8 PM at the Biltmore Park Campus of Western Carolina University (WCU).

This analysis will highlight demographic trends and projections, noting population changes by age, income, and household size; and housing market projections that will assist in the creation of the 5 Year Consolidated Strategic Housing and Community Development Plan. This 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 for affordable housing projects, ending homelessness and community development projects within the City of Asheville.

For the daytime meeting, there is paid parking at the Civic Center Parking Garage (entrances at either 74 Rankin Street or from I-26, take Montford exit, turn onto Haywood Rd, left onto Vanderbilt Place).   The evening event is at the WCU Biltmore Town Square campus, 28 Schenck Parkway.  Travel I-26 to exit 37 Long Shoals Rd and left into the Town Square area. To access the parking garage, turn at the first left, by PF Chang restaurant, then take the first right.  The parking garage is on the left and parking is limited to the 3rd, 4th or 5th levels at no charge. Go down to street level and into the Education building then take elevators to the third floor and follow signs to the event, in room 346.  For questions, please contact Roberta Greenspan at 259-5728 and email at [email protected]

We thank Western Carolina University for generously donating the classroom space for this presentation.  For more information on the projects of the Department of Community and Economic Development, please visit http://www.ashevillenc.gov/Departments/CommunityDevelopment.aspx

For more information, please contact Roberta Greenspan at [email protected] or 828 259-5728

Community Development and Housing Trust Fund

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville’s Community and Economic Development Department is now accepting applications for CDBG and HOME grant funds, and for the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) for FY 2015-2016.

The Community and Economic Development Department manages and administers programs for Asheville and for a four county consortium, consisting of Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania and Madison Counties, that provide affordable housing, economic opportunities and other benefits for low-income residents.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) are federal grant programs through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) which provide grant funds for eligible projects that serve Low and Moderate income residents, eliminate slum and blight, and create decent affordable housing for low-income households.

The City of Asheville’s Housing Trust Fund was created in 2000 to provide a source of local funding to assist in the development of affordable housing in Asheville. Assistance is available in the form of repayable loans at a low rate of interest.

To download the CDBG/HOME application documents and instructions visit the Community Development Funding Programs page. The deadline to submit an application for CDBG/HOME funds is February 6, 2015 at 12:00 noon.

To download the Housing Trust Fund documents and view the HTF policies, visit the Housing Trust Fund webpage. The deadline to submit an application for the Housing Trust Fund is January 5, 2015.

City Announces Funding Availability for New Affordable Housing Construction

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Notice of Funding Availability: On November 19, 2103, the City of Asheville Community Development Department announced that it will accept applications for the construction of new affordable housing within the Asheville city limits. The City of Asheville Housing Trust Fund has an estimated balance of $387,000 which will be made available to a qualified project or projects.  Applications are due by close of business at 5:00 P.M. EST on Friday December 20, 2013.  More information about the application process is posted here.