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.
The next Asheville Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners’ Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th, at 5pm. It will be held at Altamont Apartments, 72 N. Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801.
The Board of Commissioners’ package can be accessed via this link:
AHA Board Packet May 2016
Bartlett Arms apartments is the pilot site for one of the Asheville Housing Authority’s newest efforts; agency owned and managed laundry rooms. The residents of Bartlett Arms, led by their Resident President, Elaine Edwards, were instrumental in the development of the new laundry room at Bartlett Arms. Edwards highlighted the need for a renovated laundry room at a Board of Commissioners’ meeting. She stated that the residents wanted time saving machines that were more energy efficient while also providing for better access for residents with disabilities, and the Board of Commissioners and staff responded. The staff not only installed new washers and dryers, they also renovated the entire laundry room making it more cheerful and handicapped accessible.
After the ribbon cutting for the newly renovated laundry room, Edwards returned to a Board of Commissioners’ meeting and thanked the Commissioners and staff for responding to the residents in a timely and professional manner.
Thanks in part to efforts of the residents of Bartlett Arms and Edwards, the Garden Apartments and Altamont Apartments’ laundry rooms are in the process of being renovated. Aston Park Towers’ laundry room is getting renovated next!
Asheville Housing Authority’s staff responded to Edwards and the Residents of Bartlett Arms using the Core Values of Respect, Compassion, Openness, Equity, Integrity, Fairness, and Patience. Asheville Housing Authority’s staff is committed to working with residents to improve the quality of service that is provided, while working with residents to improve their quality of life.
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Today our organization pauses to celebrate the life and legacy of Isaac Coleman. Isaac passed away today after battling colon, lung and liver cancers.
Isaac worked for the Asheville Housing Authority after he retired from the City of Asheville’s Community Development Department. During his time at the Asheville Housing Authority he was able to successfully help residents to become self-sufficient, and more importantly he became even more focused on finding solutions to the academic achievement gap that existed within the Asheville City School system.
After he retired from the Asheville Housing Authority, he began to meet with individuals about developing a tutorial program for students who were behind in school; however, he wanted to start with younger children in order to break the cycle of students not successfully passing the third grade’s end of course tests. Through his dedication and commitment he was able to develop Read to Succeed. Read to Succeed uses “trained reading coaches to work with Asheville elementary school students from low literacy households. Each student’s goal is to read at grade level by the end of third grade.”
Isaac discussed the program with Gene Bell and they worked together on providing office space at the Central offices of the Asheville Housing Authority for the organization’s staff and volunteers. The collaborative relationship has expanded over the years, and today Read to Succeed is housed in Building 16 in Pisgah View Apartments. The organization is now able to provide more training to volunteers and serve more children.
“There are two key issues that were near and dear to Isaac’s heart — helping children achieve academically, which is why he created Read to Succeed and getting people out to vote. Both of those issues are things he had worked on for countless years. He never stopped thinking about how he would help children be successful academically, nor did he stop trying to get people to vote. Our community is minus a champion for children and voting due to the loss of Isaac Coleman,” said Gene Bell, Chief Executive Officer of the Asheville Housing Authority.
Final arrangements for Isaac Coleman had not been made available at the time of this publishing.
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Asheville Housing Authority is honored to welcome Ms. Shuvonda Harper (pictured on the left) to our staff. Shuvonda is the Arthur R. Edington Center’s Office Assistant. If you would like to schedule an event or meeting in the Arthur R. Edington Center, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (828) 239-3513.
On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, the Asheville City Council approved $4.2 Million for the redevelopment of Lee Walker Heights, which is a proposed mixed income redevelopment initiative of the Asheville Housing Authority.
The transformation of Lee Walker Heights into an affordable, mixed income community with modern apartments and amenities is an exciting opportunity for the community, and has been planned in close collaboration with current residents. “One of the most exciting parts of this process was the inclusion of the residents into this process,” said Gene Bell, CEO of the Asheville Housing Authority.
The next step in this process is for the Asheville Housing Authority to submit a tax-credit application to the North Carolina Housing Agency for funding. The application is due May 13 and results will be announced in August.
Residents of Lee Walker Heights need to remember that the relocation will not begin until all approvals are in place. Lee Walker residents do not have to move at this time, and should not begin looking for another place to live yet. Staff will host update meetings with each resident family to discuss relocation in detail.
For more information, residents can contact Constance Proctor at the Lee Walker Heights office or by phone at 828-257-2668.
The next Asheville Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners’ Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at 5pm. It will be held in the Board Room of the Asheville Housing Authority’s Central Office, which is located at 165 South French Broad Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801.
The Board of Commissioners’ package can be accessed via this link: AHA Board Packet – April 2016 (002)
The next Asheville Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners’ Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at 5pm. It will be held in the Community Room of the Pisgah View Apartments, which is located at 1 Granada Street, Asheville, NC 28806.
The Board of Commissioners’ package can be accessed via this link: AHA’s Board of Commissioners’ Packet 3-23-16