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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Asheville Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners Host Their Monthly Meeting Today

Asheville Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners will host their monthly meeting today –Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at 5:00 pm. The meeting will be held in Deaverview Apartments’ Community Room, which is located at 275 Deaverview Rd, Asheville, NC 28806.

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

Board Packet – June 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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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

Sealed bids for the project entitled Livingston Heights Project will be received by the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville (HACA) at 2:00 EST July 31st in the HACA Office at 165 South French Broad and then publicly opened and read aloud.  For more information click on the link below:

Advertisement for Bids – Livingston Water Lines 6.28.17

 

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Asheville Housing Works’ Radio Show Focuses on Diabetes

Each Tuesday and Thursday, Asheville Housing Authority’s Director of Communication, Terry Bellamy, hosts the radio show, Asheville Housing Works, which focuses on issues that are important to the residents of the Asheville Housing Authority. Asheville Housing Works most recent show focused on the important issue of Diabetes. Bellamy’s guest on the show was Deanna LaMotte. LaMotte is a Health Improvement Specialist who works at Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), in partnership with Buncombe County Health & Human Services. Her work mostly focuses on what happens outside the doctor’s office and those community conditions that make it easier for people in the community to get and stay healthy. LaMotte does her work with community agencies, community members, and health care providers.

During the show, LaMotte highlighted the fact, “Every three years, Buncombe County collects data on the health outcomes of the residents through the Community Health Improvement Process (CHIP). After the information is gathered and plans are developed to address any major trends that are found. One of alarming findings from the most recent study revealed that, African-Americans in Buncombe County are 3.5 times more likely to have serious complications and die from diabetes.” As a direct result of the increased mortality rate of African Americans due to diabetes, a Diabetes Workgroup was developed. The Workgroup’s goals are to:

Goal 1: Increase clinical referrals to community-based diabetes programs. These community-based programs are often free or at least low-cost, they are on bus lines or even help participants with transportation and other barriers, and they increase social support as well as behavior change.

Goal 2: Create more trust and cross-referral among existing diabetes prevention & management education programs. In other words, we need to reduce the sense of “competition” among these great programs, even though they do sometimes compete for funding.

GOAL 3: We want to help people become stronger self-advocates and DEMAND more diabetes screening, testing, prevention and management support from health care and community.

Goal 4: Build strong structure for partnerships with community members with diabetes so that programs can meet the real needs of people impacted by diabetes, not just what we think they need.

Additionally, LaMotte noted that the “Diabetes Workgroup has recently partnered with 211 to create a ‘single entry point’ for community-based diabetes prevention and management programs.”

During the show, Bellamy encouraged residents of the Asheville Housing Authority to contact 211 for more information on the programs because the 211 specialists will have the information they need to help a caller (patient or provider) identify the best program to fit the needs of the caller.

For more information about the CHIP or the Diabetes Workgroup, contact Deanna L. LaMotte at the Mountain Area Health Education Center. Her email address is Deanna.lamotte@mahec.net

The Asheville Housing Works radio show airs on Tuesdays and Thursdays on WRES, 100.7 fm at 11:30 am.

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Letter from Gene Bell, Chief Executive Officer

Over the past few months, there have been an increase in the number of gun related incidents that have occurred within the various housing developments. Many of the violent acts have taken place during the day when children were outside playing. As you are keenly aware, we don’t condone those types of activities nor does the Asheville Housing Authority support the individuals who commit those acts. We appreciate those residents who are willing to work with the officers from the Asheville Police Department to bring to justice those who committed the crimes.

The staff members of Asheville Housing are committed to working with the residents and the officers of the Asheville Police Department in order to make the developments safer. In addition to being willing to work towards safer communities, the staff is working to develop stronger partnerships with agencies throughout Buncombe County to provide opportunities for them to work with the residents of Asheville Housing.

Recently, Asheville Housing’s Family Self Sufficiency’s (FSS) staff and staff from the SNAP to Skills Employment and Training program are partnering with several organizations to host a series of educational programs this summer. The series is entitled: Community Engagement Social: Get Up! Get Out! Get Something! The Community Engagement Social events are free and offer residents who attend the opportunity to learn about the various programs and services that are available within the community. There will be activities for children, and free food provided at each event.

In closing, please know that our staff is committed to working with each of you in order to make each of our developments safer. We are also committed to increasing your awareness about the various programs and services that are available within our area. By working together, we will be able to achieve great things for you and your neighbors.

Sincerely,

Gene O. Bell

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Community Engagement Social: Get Up! Get Out! Get Something!

Asheville Housing Authority’s (AHA) Family Self Sufficiency’s (FSS) staff and the Buncombe County’s Health and Human Services Department and Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College’s SNAP 2 Skills Employment and Training program have partnered with several organizations to host a series of educational programs this summer. The summer series is entitled: Community Engagement Social: Get Up! Get Out! Get Something!

The Community Engagement Social events will focus on providing the residents of AHA’s developments and the surrounding neighborhoods the opportunity to learn about the various job training and skills based programs, money management classes, and various other opportunities provided by local nonprofits and organizations. The activities that are being provided at the event are not limited to adult participation, there are several activities being planned for children. The event planners have arranged for there to be a DJ playing music during the events and there will be bounce houses available for children. Free food and food demonstrations will also be provided during each event.

 

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Increasing Employee’s Productivity Through Health and Wellness

The Asheville Housing Authority is taking health and wellness to heart.  Several members of the staff have formed a Health and Wellness Committee to provide information on nutrition and exercise to the other co-workers.  The Health and Wellness Committee recently hosted a “Wellness Breakfast” for the staff to discuss the committee’s work, and provide an informative presentation on the significant role nutrition plays in an employee’s productivity level on a daily basis.

During the breakfast, Gene Bell, Chief Executive Officer of the Asheville Housing Authority, highlighted how important it was for the staff to develop a healthy lifestyle for themselves. The programs and services that  the Health and Wellness Committee are offering will help individuals who participate in them at work, individuals must develop a healthy lifesytle outside of work as well.

This sentiment was echoed in the Health and Wellness Committee member’s, Michelle Moore, presentation.  During Moore’s presentation, she noted,  “Foods we eat influence all aspects of our life: our physical well-being, mental health and work performance.”  She continued by providing concrete ways individuals could make healthier choices each time that they eat a meal.  The small modifications would eventually make significant changes in the lives of those who decide to better their eating habits.  Additionally, she noted that, “People often associate nutrition with weight maintenance, but eating well is just as important for nourishing the brain.”

The “Wellness Breakfast” concluded with two Health and Wellness Committee members, Lindsey Creasman and Eric Robinson, providing their personal weight loss and lifesytle modification journeys.  They both have loss weight by making small changes to their daily diets, which included reducing the sugary drink intake and their food portion sizes.  As they shared their stories, many of their co-workers laughed at the humor that could be found in how Lindsey and Eric used to eat using unhealthy habits.

For more information on the efforts of the Asheville Housing Authority’s Health and Wellness Committee, please contact Ms. Teresa Jenkins at tjenkins@haca.org

Michelle Moore’s presentation can be accessed through the link below.

Nutrition and Productivity Presentation

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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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