Welcome to HACA

Asheville Housing assists more than 6,500 Asheville/Buncombe residents and has recently completed the conversion of most of its public housing units to the Housing Choice Voucher program as project-based voucher units under the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program. Asheville Housing owns and/or operates 1,955 affordable housing units and administers over 1,600 tenant-based vouchers to assist families renting from other property owners.

We maintain one combined waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher program, which now includes both project-based (former public housing) and tenant-based vouchers. That waiting list is currently open. Based on current demand for vouchers, we expect that most applicants will receive a project-based voucher unit first, and will then have a priority opportunity to request a tenant-based voucher after one year in the project-based development.

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CANCELLED HACA Board of Commissioners’ Meeting

The HACA Board of Commissioners’ meeting that was scheduled for May 24, 2017 has been cancelled. The Board will meet again on June 28, 2017 in HACA’s Central Office Board Room at 5:00 pm, which is located at 165 South French Broad Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801.

HACA’s Board of Commissioners:
Chair Lewis Isaac
Vice Chair Cassandra Wells
Member Raynetta Waters
Member Jennifer Pickering
Member James Canavan

For more information on HACA’s Board of Commissioners’ meeting schedule, please contact Ms. Teresa Jenkins at 828-239-3510 or tjenkins@haca.org.

 

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Community Action Opportunities’ Head Start is Accepting Applications

Community Action Opportunities’ Head Start is a free school-readiness program for children three to five years of age and their families who meet the income guidelines. Head Start has classrooms that are located throughout Buncombe County.  The program focuses on preparing preschool-aged children for Kindergarten.  The program provides  educational preparation, health screenings, family support, and other services.

Families who live in Housing Authority’s complexes receive priority consideration for placement. Limited transportation may be available.

To learn more about the Head Start program and how to apply, call 828.252.2495.  For more information, visit:http://www.communityactionopportunities.org/headstart.html

 

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YMCA Provides Healthy Food Throughout the Area

Did you know over 18% of all North Carolina’s families suffering from food insecurity?  In order to assist in addressing the issue is Buncombe County, the YMCA of Western North Carolina is providing healthy food through out the community.  Each Wednesday, the YMCA’s  Healthy Living Pantry, Mobile Kitchens, and Mobile Market provides food to the Southside community at the Arthur R. Edington Center, and the YMCA delivers food to Hillcrest, Pisgah View and Lee Walker Heights communities on Fridays. For more information, please call 828 775 7081 or http://www.ymcawnc.org/nutritionprograms

To view the YMCA of Western North Carolina’s Nutrition Programs Distribution Schedule visit: May_Calendar 2017 (002)

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North Carolina Medicaid and NC Health Choice Transformation Request for Public Input

The Department of Health and Human Services is requesting public input from April 25 to 11:59 p.m. on May 25 on Medicaid and NC Health Choice transformation. While comments will be accepted on any area relevant to this effort, the Department is particularly interested in feedback on:

1. Physical and Behavioral Health Service Delivery
2. Supporting Provider Transformation
3. Care Management and Population Health
4. Addressing Social Determinants of Health
5. Improving Quality of Care
6. Paying for Value
7. Increasing Access to Care and Treating Substance Use Disorder

TO PROVIDE INPUT ON ONE OR MORE TRANSFORMATION TOPICS

Attend the Public Input Session scheduled for our area:

May 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Asheville
Asheville-Buncombe Technical College
340 Victoria Rd., Ferguson Auditorium

For more information visit:  NC Medicaid Request for Public Input

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Lee Walker Heights’ Redevelopment Plan Priorities

The Asheville Housing Authority is continuing to work towards the redevelopment of the oldest public housing development in Western North Carolina, Lee Walker Heights. Lee Walker Heights is a 96 unit development that is located in the South Slope of downtown Asheville. It was built in 1951. The development was named after the late Professor W.W. Lee of Stephens-Lee High School and Dr. J.W. Walker, a former tuberculosis specialist.

The staff of the Asheville Housing Authority and partnered with Mountain Housing Opportunities in order to develop a comprehensive redevelopment team.  Their work has been done in collaboration with the residents of Lee Walker Heights.  The team has worked together for two-years in order to create a redevelopment plan that had community involvement and met the needs of current and future residents as well as other community priorities. Together, the team has developed ten policy priorities.

The priorities are:

  1. Provide affordable rental housing for households earning 60% of median income or less
  2. Prioritize developments that respond to need for 1BR units and units for low income single wage earner households with children
  3. Prioritize developments that provide rental housing for very low income people in mixed income developments
  4. Control occupancy costs thru energy efficiency and alternative energy production
    • Incorporate sustainability into housing and
    community design
  5. Provide affordable and accessible housing to persons with special needs …
    • Prioritize developments that include permanent housing for homeless persons
    • Provide adequate housing options for victims of domestic violence
    • Prioritize developments that provide interior and exterior accessibility for disabled occupants and “visitability” for guests
  6. Prioritize locationally efficient sites
    • Coordinate housing development with transportation, jobs, and services and make efficient use of available land and infrastructure
    • Prioritize higher density construction near employment centers.
  7. Affirmatively further fair housing
  8. Support programs that prepare people for homeownership, including in-depth financial education and home maintenance
  9. Target low wealth neighborhoods for improvements that will improve housing conditions and create stronger communities
  10. Collaborate with HACA on large scale investments transforming public housing

For additional information on the Policy Priorities visit:  Top 10 Policy Priorities

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Asheville Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners’ Meeting

Asheville Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners will host their monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 5:00 pm. The meeting will be held in Asheville Housing Authority’s Boardroom, which is located at 165 South French Broad, Asheville, NC 28801.

The Board of Commissioners will discuss the items that are provided in the following link:

Board Packet – April 2017

For more information, please contact Ms. Teresa Jenkins, MSHRM, PHR, SHRM-CP, Executive Assistant/Human Resources Generalist, at 828-239-3510 or tjenkins@haca.org.

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Asheville Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners’ Meeting

Asheville Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners will host their monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 5:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Arthur Edington Center, which is located at 133 Livingston Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

The Board of Commissioners will discuss the items that are provided in the following links:

Board Packet – March 2017

HACA Minutes – February 2017

Resolution No 2017-2

For more information, please contact Ms. Teresa Jenkins, MSHRM, PHR, SHRM-CP, Executive Assistant/Human Resources Generalist, at 828-239-3510 or tjenkins@haca.org.

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Asheville Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners’ Meeting

Asheville Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners will host their monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 5:00 pm. The meeting will be held in Asheville Housing Authority’s Boardroom, which is located at 165 South French Broad, Asheville, NC 28801.

The Board of Commissioners will discuss the items that are provided in the following link:

Board Packet -February 2017

For more information, please contact Ms. Teresa Jenkins, MSHRM, PHR, SHRM-CP, Executive Assistant/Human Resources Generalist, at 828-239-3510 or tjenkins@haca.org.

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