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 are recognized by HUD as a High Performer.

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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The Asheville Housing Authority’s offices are closed May 25th for Memorial Day.

Memorial-Day-Clip-Art-Free-Downloads-4On behalf of the Board of Commissioners and staff of the Asheville Housing Authority, we would like to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. They gave their last breath, their last thought, and the last full measure for the cause of liberty, justice and freedom. This Memorial Day we pause to recognize those individuals for their service.

Asheville Housing Authority offices are closed today, Monday 25th in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. If you need maintenance assistance needs please call 1-888-990-8726.

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Upcoming Board Meeting

The next HACA Board Meeting is Wednesday, May 27th at 6pm located at the Klondyke Apts, 500 Montford Ave Apartments. Board Package May 2015.

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Robert Hooper Graduates from Leadership Asheville 33

Robert Hooper received his Leadership Asheville 33 Certificate & glass award plaque.

Robert Hooper received his Leadership Asheville 33 Certificate & glass award plaque.

Asheville Housing Authority salutes and congratulates Robert Hooper, Site Manager for Altamont, Bartlett Arms and Woodfin Apartments, for completing and graduating from Leadership Asheville 33! Leadership Asheville strives to, “Enhance community leadership by developing, connecting, and mobilizing citizens throughout the region.” Each year, 30 leaders are chosen to participate in the highly coveted program. The leaders spend nine months learning about the community and working on collaborative projects.

Hooper and his team spent their nine months working with Mountain True, formerly Western North Carolina Alliance, helping them to develop a business plan for their newly restructured organization. The team was able to develop a SWOT Analysis, which identified their strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats. The SWOT Analysis was then used to create recommendations for Mountain True’s leadership to implement in order to enhance the vitality of the organization. Continue reading

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Asheville Housing Authority’s Staff and Sub-Contractors Participate in Housing Quality Standards’ Inspection Training

Site Managers,  maintenance workers & sub-contractors attend Housing Quality Standards Training.

Site Managers, maintenance workers & sub-contractors attend Housing Quality Standards Training.

Nearly 25 of the Asheville Housing Authority’s maintenance workers, Site Managers and sub-contractors recently participated in a two-day Housing Quality Standards’ Inspection training course. The training focused on inspecting the housing units that the Asheville Housing Authority owns and the housing units that are under the Housing Choice Voucher program to ensure that they are in high quality, healthy housing. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that all units that are supported through the use of federal funds are inspected prior to residents moving into the units and during the time the residents are in the units. Continue reading

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Former mayor joins staff

Former Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy joins Housing Authority

As a child who grew up in public housing, former Asheville mayor Terry Bellamy is going back to her roots.

The Housing Authority of the City of Asheville announced Monday that Bellamy would serve as the agency’s first neighborhood outreach coordinator / communication specialist.

Check out this story on citizen-times.com: http://avlne.ws/1zgMWvj

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Staff Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime Achievement Awardee Elinor Earle, known fondly as ‘Ms. Earle,’ has served ACS students for more than 20 years.  As the primary teacher of Youthful Hands, Ms. Earle has dedicated herself to raising the achievement levels of many African-American students, most of whom reside in Lee Walker Heights. Lifetime Achievement Flyer. Check out this WLOS feature:http://www.wlos.com//community/features/potw/stories/elinor-earle-224.shtml#.VRKqAZ3D9Ms

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Annual Report 2014

Check out HACA’s 2014 Annual Report.  We are proud to share last year’s highlights and goals for 2015.  HACA 2014 Annual Report

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After Hours and Weekend Maintenance Needs

Resident Notice: The phone number has changed for After Hours Maintenance Needs.  Please dial 1-888-990-8726 with emergency maintenance needs after normal business hours (Monday through Thursday 8:00am to 6:00pm) and weekends.  You may also use this phone number during normal business hours when you are unable to reach your management office.

After Hours Maintenance Phone Number: 1-888-990-8726

Why the change?  We received complaints the old number 257-2657 intermittently worked and want to ensure residents receive assistance after business hours.

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2015 Board Schedule

Click the link for the 2015 Board Meeting Schedule.  The Board of Directors meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6pm.  The location rotates among the development community rooms.

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HACA is RAD!

Message from CEO Gene Bell: Effective December 1, 2014, the Housing Authority has completed its conversion under HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program for 94% of our public housing units. This change from public housing to project-based vouchers gives us a more reliable funding stream, and even more important, creates a strong foundation on which we can expand existing community partnerships that help residents move toward self-sufficiency. There will undoubtedly be bumps in the road as we implement a new computer system and adjust to new program requirements, so please bear with us. In the meantime, we celebrate this milestone, which positions the Housing Authority for a strong future and preserves the important resources we provide in Asheville and Buncombe County. Many thanks to our residents for your input throughout the process and to Housing Authority staff for all of your hard work.

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