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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Recycling begins in Hillcrest and Deaverview on October 3rd!

Thanks to the success of the curbside recycling program in the Southside communities, which began in October 2015, more Asheville Housing Authority’s (AHA) residents will have access to the program next week. AHA, AHA’s Residents’ Council, City of Asheville, and Asheville GreenWorks are expanding recycling to the Hillcrest and Deaverview communities in October.

Due to a grant from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and funding from the City of Asheville, each unit of Hillcrest and Deaverview will receive its own 96 gallon “big blue” recycling roll cart, as well as a smaller, in-apartment recycling bin to make it easier to collect recyclable materials in the kitchen.

“We are aiming for high participation rates,” says Kerby Smithson of the City’s sustainability office. “We need residents that are enthusiastic about the program to talk to their neighbors and lead by example. That way we can all do our part to minimize the trash that we send to the landfill and create a more sustainable community.”

Recycling is “single stream,” meaning that recyclable plastic, paper, metal and glass materials can all be put in one container, and there’s no need to sort. Collection will be every other week, beginning on Monday, October 3rd.

“We are excited about this collaboration, and more importantly we are proud to be able to help expand this service to our residents. As an agency, we are committed to looking for ways to be more sustainable in our practices and processes,” says Gene Bell, Chief Operating Officer of AHA.

 

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Asheville City Schools is hosting an Anti Bullying Rally

Asheville City Schools system is hosting an Anti Bullying Rally on Thursday, October 6th at Pack Square Park.  Parents and students are encouraged to attend the free event!

AntiBullying Rally Flyer 2016

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Goodwill Career Connections Center Hosting a Career Fair

Are you looking for a new career? The Goodwill Career Connections Center is hosting a career fair on Wednesday, September 14th from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm.

Asheville Job Fair - September 14-01 (002)

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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, August 24, 2016, at 5pm. It will be held in the Hillcrest Apartments Community in the Carl Johnson Building, which is located at 100 Atkinson Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

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

Board Packet – August 24 2016

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Back to School Events

Join Asheville Housing Authority and Asheville City School System at the Back to School events in the developments next week!

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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, July 26, 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:

Board Packet July 2016 (002)

Agency-Wide 2016 Budget – Revised July 2016

June FSS Board Report

Asheville Housing Vouchers – June 2016

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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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