Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I receive immediate housing? How do I apply?
- The Housing Authority of the City of Asheville does not provide immediate housing. At this time, the housing authority is accepting applications for the public housing program. Once an application is filled out, applicants are placed on a waiting list according to the date and time of their application, size of the unit for which they qualify (public housing only) and local preference for which they may qualify. For immediate temporary housing, please contact United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline: 2-1-1, (828) 252-4357 or toll free: 1 (866) 401-6342
- Where am I on the waiting list?
- Call or email Resident Selection at (828) 257-2653, email@example.com.
- Where can I find an affordable housing list for this area?
- Refer to our HACA Communities page for the housing authority owned and operated properties. For a general listing of the private market rentals that are affordable and accept Housing Choice Vouchers go to WNC Housing Finder.
- Do I qualify for the housing authority programs?
- Click on this link for Buncombe County income limits for year 2013. Public Housing eligibility is based on the Very Low Income Limits and Housing Choice Voucher is based on the Extremely Low Income Limits. Other eligibility requirements depend on a background check and any monies owed to our or other Public Housing agency.
- I have a voucher and I want to move to Asheville. Whom do I contact?
- Call the portability specialist in the Housing Choice Voucher Department, Sheila Greene, (828) 239-3535, firstname.lastname@example.org. To fax information, send it to (828) 236-1388.
- Do you have a program for Homeownership?
- HACA does have a Homeownership and Family Self Sufficiency Program. A HACA-approved home buyer training course must be passed. To learn more, contact Terrie Williams if you are a Public Housing resident at (828) 239-1304, email@example.com or Michelle Mease if you are a Housing Choice Voucher client at (828) 239-3533, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I want to be a landlord on the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8). How can I list my unit?
- The first step in renting your property to a Housing Choice Voucher participant is to review a property owner checklist and list your property through WNC Housing Finder. The free rental listing allows your vacancy to be advertised to our clients who are moving. Once posted, clients will then contact you about renting your property. You will show them the property and conduct your normal screening process in selecting a tenant. If you decide to lease to an assisted client, they will give you their moving packet to complete, which includes some forms that will get you set up as a vendor in our program and an inspection form that allows HACA to come out and approve the property. The basics you need to know are found in the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract located on HUD’s website.
- What are the Housing Quality Standards (HQS) standards for HCV (S8) inspections?
- Download the HQS checklist.
- What are the current utility allowances for the HCV (S8) Program?
- View the current utility allowances.
What are the Admission and Occupancy policies for Public Housing?
Click here for the full Admission and Continued Occupancy Policy for the Public Housing Program.
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