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’s Board of Commissioners’ Meeting

The next Housing Authority of the City of Asheville Board of Commissioners’ Meeting  is Wednesday, November 18th at 5pm located at the Central Office, 165 S. French Broad Ave.  Board package: Board Packet – November 2015

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Tenant Mobility Voucher requests – Available December 1, 2015

Effective December 1, 2015, Asheville Housing
Authority will begin taking requests for tenant mobility
vouchers from current residents of our Rental Assistance
Demonstration (RAD) properties. Forms will be available
beginning on December 1 at the management office for
your development. The form is an official notice that you
intend to terminate your lease with Asheville Housing
Authority and apply for a tenant mobility voucher. To be
eligible, residents must have resided in the RAD property
for at least one year. We expect to begin issuing tenant
mobility vouchers in January. If a waiting list is necessary,
it will be based on the date and time your written notice
and application is received (after December 1).

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Asheville Housing Authority Welcomes U.S. Attorney, Jill Westmoreland-Rose

The staff of the Asheville Housing Authority hosted a reception for Western North Carolina’s U.S. Attorney, Ms. Jill Westmoreland-Rose.  Below is information from www.wlos.com detailing the event.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The new U.S. Attorney Western District of North Carolina wants to make Asheville’s public housing communities safer.

Jill Westmoreland-Rose was raised in Hendersonville then went onto law school at UNC. She said she wants to see change in the place she grew up and is pushing for a safer world in the 11 public housing communities where more than 3,000 Ashevillians live.

“They say, you know what, law enforcement is so focused on drugs, this is really an area of danger for us, let’s do something else, let’s pimp women,” Westmoreland-Rose said.

Westmoreland-Rose understands the real fears, like a shootout at the Hillcrest Apartments this past summer when parents and children took cover on porches.

“Drugs can kind of fester in a community, firearms can bring it to a whole different level,” Westmoreland-Rose said.

Westmoreland-Rose says the key is continued collaboration between her office, Asheville Police and the housing authority to take what’s been learned in other communities and make adjustments.

“We don’t want a Charlotte program in Asheville; we want to take what what we’ve learned from a Charlotte program and make a better one for Asheville,” Westmoreland-Rose said.

Housing authorities officials like Gene Bell are pleased with what they heard, as well as members of the community.

“It’s the feds that are offering us an opportunity to correct our problems and we’ve got to do that,” Bell said. “It’s got to be a collaboration.”

“Anything to make it better for the kids in the neighborhoods, in what they would call the projects,” resident O.T. Flowers said. “It’s a better thing because we need to do everything to keep our kids safe.”

There will be a series of community meetings to talk over potential programs and continue a dialogue between the groups who met Monday.



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Asheville GreenWorks hosts Fall Fest at Hillcrest in celebration of new orchard

Join Asheville GreenWorks for an afternoon of fun at Fall Fest at Hillcrest on Saturday, October 3rd from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Hillcrest Community Orchard (100 Atkinson St. Asheville, NC 28801). Apple pressings, kids activities, and food are provided free of charge. In addition to the celebration, a ceremony will honor beloved members of Hillcrest community through the dedication of the apple trees. The Hillcrest Community Orchard and Fall Fest at Hillcrest are made possible by partnership with TD Bank. Asheville GreenWorks is a member of the Alliance for Community Trees. This free event will take place rain or shine.

Event sponsors include TD Bank, Alliance for Community Trees, Green Opportunities, Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, Resident Council of Asheville Housing Authority, Inc.

About Asheville GreenWorks
Asheville GreenWorks is an urban environmental organization working to enhance the environment and quality of life of residents through educational and community-based volunteer programs. With thousands of volunteers, we engage the community in grassroots projects such as tree plantings, environmental cleanups, anti-litter and waste reduction education and care and preservation of Asheville’s rivers and trees.

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Asheville Housing Authority Working To Protect Affordable Housing

Asheville Housing Authority is working with the management company of Spruce Hill Apartments to assist them in preserving affordable.

Source: WLOS.com

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Some residents of an Asheville affordable housing complex may soon be forced out because ownership is planning a renovation project.

The management company says the project would be funded with federal tax credits, which would have different income guidelines.

The Andrews have lived at Spruce Hill Apartments for 15 years.  They like living there and agree the complex needs renovations.

With the renovation tax credits, management says families could not live at Spruce Hill if they make more than $38,000 a year without a housing voucher.  Management says people would not be eligible for a voucher if they make more than $48,000.

The Andrews sit a little above that.  They don’t know what to do.

“Make a little less, or a lot more,” April Andrews said.

“We’re stuck between that fine line,” Marcel Andrews said.

“It almost defeats the purpose of trying to work harder,” April said.

They praise Spruce Hill’s management for communicating what’s happening. Management says they plan to redo every unit inside and out, but the Andrews won’t be around when it’s fixed.

“We live paycheck to paycheck, so it’s kind of overwhelming.  We got plenty of time, plenty of notice, but when you starting looking it gets discouraged. I have plenty of time, but am I really going to find a place?  Where are we going to go,” Marcel wondered.

They say the issue is affordable housing.  Right now, they’re paying a little more than $600 per month.  If they leave, a comparable apartment could cost three times more.

“I’d like to have a yard to manicure, a house, I’d like to have that, but at the same time I’d like to have that and be able to afford to have that,” Marcel said .

They don’t know the answer, but hope for more housing that is affordable.

Spruce Hill Apartments are privately owned.  A portion of the unites are Section 8 and the rest are affordable housing.

The Asheville Housing Authority says it wants to protect the city’s affordable housing, and is working with the developers to do that.

To see the broadcast visit: http://www.wlos.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Affordable-Housing-Renovation-Could-Force-Out-Dozens-198786.shtml#.VedzpWeFPnM

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Learn More About Upcoming Changes to Livingston Street

The City of Asheville is currently planning to improve Livingston Street and a portion of Depot Street. The goal of the project is to make the street safe and comfortable for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users.

The East of the Riverway Connections transportation network plan was completed in March 2014, which considered capital improvements in a portion of the city identified as the East of the Riverway area. The Connections plan identified Livingston Street for future improvements as a future complete street, and recommended improvements to the street. This Connections plan was performed with a portion of a federal TIGER II transportation planning grant.

Learn more about the project tomorrow at the Open House — Thursday, September 3rd at the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, 5:30 – 8 pm.

We hope you can join us. If you have questions, please contact Tara Irby (tirby@ashevillenc.gov) or Sasha Vrtunski (svrtunski@ashevillenc.gov)

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Mountain Causes: Books for Children

ASHEVILLE – Every time I write a story about public housing, I get hate email. People, many of whom have never set foot in any of the city’s low-income neighborhoods, write me to say residents are lazy, unemployed by choice and scamming the system.

America’s poor face a host of challenges that most of us will never fully understand, and while Asheville’s subsidized housing may have its problems, the residents themselves certainly aren’t the ones to blame. By and large these are hard-working families trying to move out of a system that sometimes seems like it was meant to keep them down.

This week I want to tell you about how the youth of some of Asheville’s poorest neighborhoods are trying to build their communities up. It started with an email from Jamye Davis at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina. The agency wanted newspaper boxes, the big metal kind you find outside.

The group had partnered with the Residents Council of Asheville Housing Authority, and two literacy development nonprofits, Read to Read to Succeed and The POP Project. They wanted to put little free libraries in every subsidized housing development. If the Asheville Citizen-Times could donate the containers, the other groups would come up with the books and a plan for maintenance.

Thirty kids living in the housing communities were already taking part in a summer youth empowerment program focused on neighborhood cleanup and job readiness. They would decorate the bins and have ownership over the libraries.

So, with the help of executive editor Josh Awtry and our distribution director Chip Smith, I had a new volunteer assignment and some dusty old streetside circulation boxes had a new life.

Found in neighborhoods throughout the country, little free libraries are books put in colorful vestibules for the community to access. They are free to take, borrow, or leave for someone else.

Such programs are especially important in neighborhoods with limited access to educational materials and during the summer months when kids aren’t reading as much, Davis said. It’s called “summer slide,” she said. Kids lose their reading skills if their young minds sit idle.

With books on the brain, I spent an evening last month at Klondyke Homes, subsidized housing in the Montford neighborhood, painting newspaper bins. Kids from all different communities attended, and everyone’s hands were covered in sticky, colorful paint.

We talked about our favorite things to read. I told them I used to love the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series and they told me they liked mysteries and detective stories. We laughed at our mistakes and painted a bright yellow sun on our box.

After, as we waited in line to scrub the red and yellow paint off our hands, 15-year-old Hillcrest resident Diamond Shands told me the young kids in her neighborhood look up to her.

“We’re role models,” said Shands. “We got to show them how to live right.”

Hillcrest Apartments, subsidized housing just west of downtown, is known for its crime and Shands and her friend Tantyona Neal, 14, said violence and thieving was a problem in their neighborhood.
Asheville Citizen-Times’ Beth Walton recently wrote about the little libraries that have been placed in Asheville Housing Authorities’ developments. Read the renamed article below:

Mountain Causes: Books for Children

“Books are key, gangs are not,” said Neal. “Them gangs don’t matter. If you are in a gang, you can die from being in a gang, but with education, it’s different.”

That evening seven little free libraries were made to go in five different low-income neighborhoods. Over 300 books have been collected and various businesses have agreed to sponsor each box.

The kids are eager to make more, and with time, organizers hope to see greater diversity in the books collected.

I know there are problems with Asheville’s public housing, but to me this seems like part of the solution. This project is a wonderful example of collaboration among groups and people taking ownership over their own neighborhoods.

I’m proud to be part of it and I encourage you to get involved, but if you instead insist on writing me to talk about your disdain for the community’s poor, don’t expect much of a response. My plan is to tell you to donate some books.

This is the opinion of Beth Walton. Each week, I volunteer around Asheville and share my adventure with our readers. If you’d like me to help at your nonprofit, contact me at bwalton@citizen-times.com or 828-232-5851. More information at www.citizen-times.com/causes.


Books and donations are needed to fill the little free libraries. For more information, contact Jamye Davis with Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC at 828-253-1470 or jamyed@bbbswnc.org.

Terry Bellamy at the Housing Authority for the City of Asheville can also help. She can be reached at 828-239-3550 or tbellamy@haca.org.

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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 2015.  The Board of Directors meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 5pm.  The location rotates among the development community rooms.

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