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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Asheville Housing Authority Will Be Closed on July 4th

The Asheville Housing Authority’s offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th and will reopen on Tuesday, July 5th at 9:00 am. Please call 1-888-990-8726 for assistance, if you have an emergency during the times that our offices are closed.

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Upcoming Asheville Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners’ Meeting

Asheville Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners’ next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22,  2016 at 5pm. It will be held in the Asheville Housing Authority’s Board Room, 165 South French Broad Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801.

The Board of Commissioners’ package can be accessed via this link:

HACA Board Packet – June 2016

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Success Comes With Hard Work

Over the coming weeks, the Asheville Housing Authority will be featuring come success stories of our former residents. We will be highlighting individuals who changed their lives and became successful in their own fields.

Here is the first video that was created by InnerWorks Productions highlighting Mr. ‎Carlos Fair‬.

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Guest columnist: We are ending homelessness in Asheville and Buncombe County every day

From the Asheville Citizen-Times Newspaper:

David Nash, GUEST COLUMNIST 9:39 a.m. EDT May 27, 2016

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The May 23 Citizen-Times article about the 10-Year plan to end homelessness took some shots at low-hanging fruit but missed the big picture and, in so doing, dismissed the work of many dedicated agency staff, peer counselors and volunteers in our community.

First, it is fair to acknowledge that the institution of homelessness was not ended because of a 10-year plan. Like other aspirational federal goals from the time (ask a teacher about “No Child Left Behind”), it is easy to diminish purpose and progress by focusing on the lack of literal success in meeting the aspiration.

Truthfully, people will experience episodes of homelessness until we decide as a nation to build an economy that does not depend on both low wages and high housing costs and to provide mental health treatment for everyone who needs it. The value of focusing on ending homelessness, rather than managing it in dormitory-style emergency shelters, is clarity about actions needed to end homelessness for specific people. For a homeless person, the solution to homelessness is a home. This is reflected in the companion principle to ending homelessness, Housing First, which focuses on providing supports to secure permanent housing early and without preconditions. The homeless person then has a stable place to work on other issues, whether simply economic or complex treatment-related concerns. Housing supports range from quick assistance with startup costs to move into a rental unit, to long-term permanent supportive housing for the most vulnerable. The essential step for Housing First is moving quickly to a permanent housing solution.  So with that focus, here are some highlights of accomplishments over the last 10 years (largely overlooked in the article, though the information was provided), starting with goals from the plan:

• Goal: No homeless people living on the streets or in camps. The number of unsheltered homeless people in the annual point in time count is not literally down to zero, but it has been reduced by 60 percent, from a high of 187 in 2007, to 72 in 2016. Significantly, the count has found no unsheltered families with children since 2008.

•Goal: Sharply reduced number of dormitory-style emergency shelter beds. Homeward Bound (formerly Hospitality House) closed all of its shelters.  ABCCM closed its 80-bed dormitory downtown and moved to the Veterans Restoration Quarters in Oteen, which is a non-dormitory transitional housing program. The Rescue Mission and Salvation Army still have dormitory-style shelters, and even there, almost all residents are now enrolled in supportive service programs.

•Goal: Hundreds of formerly homeless individuals and families living independently with varying levels of support services. Homeward Bound has placed more than 1,100 formerly homeless people in permanent housing, with an 89 percent success rate. Asheville Housing Authority has placed more than 900 people, in collaboration with the VA, Homeward Bound, Helpmate and other agencies, with an 84 percent average success rate. Most of these placements were chronic homeless people – in some cases, people who had lived on the streets of Asheville for decades.

•Goal: Multiple entry points into a system with coordinated services for people who become homeless or need help to prevent homelessness. We have multiple entry points, and more importantly, a robust coordinated assessment system. Each homeless person/family receives a vulnerability assessment and is assigned to an agency that can provide services consistent with their needs, ranging from counseling or rapid re-housing with modest financial assistance to permanent supportive housing with long term services.

•Goal: Measurably reduced burden on courts, police, jail, EMS, and emergency rooms. Although we should have done more before/after measurement, as a result of the 10-year plan, there are now “frequent utilization” groups meeting monthly at the jail and hospital to develop housing and service strategies for those homeless people who are most often incarcerated or hospitalized, in a concerted effort to reduce those costs.

As we shift to our next strategic plan, the plan’s title may or may not be more practical, but the 10-year plan to end homelessness is a cornerstone on which we have built and will expand a network that transforms lives. We will carry on with the mission, ending homelessness for people every day.

David Nash is the chief operations officer of the Asheville Housing Authority and chair of the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee, a collaborative group of agency staff and local citizens appointed by the city and county to help implement the 10-year plan.

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After Hours Assistance is Available on Holidays

Please call 1-888-990-8726 for assistance, if you have an emergency during the times that our offices are closed.

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Upcoming Asheville Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners’ Meeting

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

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Asheville Housing Authority’s Board and Staff Responds to Requests of Bartlett Arms’ Residents

Bartlett Residents and RaynettaBartlett 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.

Elaine Edwards

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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Mission Health is Hiring

Are you looking for employment?

Mission Health is hosting a Career Fair on Saturday, May 14th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at 1 Hospital Drive. They will be conducting on the spot interviews as well.
They are offering all shifts, competitive wages and excellent benefits!Mission Health's Career Fair

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Honoring the Life and Legacy of Isaac Coleman

Isaac Coleman at the 75th AnniversaryToday 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.

For more information on Isaac Coleman visit:

http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/05/10/local-activist-isaac-coleman-dies/84177988/

http://ashevillelivingtreasures.com/treasures/fall-2014/

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My Community Matters Empowerment Program is Now Accepting Applications

The Asheville Housing Authority’s Residents’ Council is now accepting applications for their summer program – My Community Matters Empowerment Program. This program is scheduled to start during the third week of June.
The program is open to residents who are ages 12 to 18. If you are interested in applying contact:#ShuvondaHarper or #SirCharlesGardnerYou can email them at rccoa14@gmail.com or call them at 828-774-5775. Applications can also be picked up from the Residents’ Council office, which is located at 133 Livingston Street in the Arthur R. Edington Center.My Community Matters Empowerment Program Participants
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