If you’d like to learn more and give input on 3 sites that Asheville City Government is considering developing for affordable housing, attend the Affordable Housing Bond-Feasibility Study Public Open House on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 from 4-7pm.
Let’s Make Buncombe County Family-Friendly and Affordable
The sale of Mission Hospital is estimated to bring in $15 million in tax revenue to Asheville City and Buncombe County. The Family-Friendly Affordable Buncombe initiative is proposing strategic investments to build a more prosperous community for all- in preschool, frequent and reliable transportation and affordable places for working families to live and grow.
On October 25th, Asheville Area Habitat showed a free screening of Priced Out, co-presented by Pisgah Legal Services, at the ReStore. Following the hour long film, three panelists- Justin Edge of Pisgh Legal Services, Dewana Little of Asheville-Buncombe Community Land Trust, and Sydney Monshaw of Asheville Habitat’s Home Repair team- discussed gentrification, the housing crisis, solutions they see happening in the community, and how to get involved. Watch some of the highlights from the discussion.
About Advocacy at Asheville Habitat
Advocacy is defined by Habitat for Humanity as “changing policies and systems to eliminate barriers to adequate, affordable housing in order to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” In other words, while not visible like homes themselves, laws, regulations and rules about land and building are a major part of housing. Smart policies and systems can promote access to decent housing, while uninformed policies and systems may create unnecessary barriers, making it harder than it needs to be to find land for construction, build the home itself or be able to afford a place to live. Just like building, advocating for smart policies and systems is a way to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity International’s approach to Advocacy, check out this link.
Use your voice!
If you would like to use your voice to help Habitat and support smart housing policies, please sign up for our Advocacy Alert email list and/or text alerts. These lists enable us to mobilize our supporters to act quickly on issues that are important to our organization and the people we serve. From your mobile phone, text buildlouder to 51555 to register for text alerts. Click below to sign up for the email list.
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity needs your help! The National Low Income Housing Coalition has deemed this week the National Housing Week of Action and Saturday July 29th the official Call in Day. We want to use this day to urge members of congress to increase funding for programs that support affordable housing.Congress needs to hear from us: everyone deserves an affordable place to live!
Habitat for Humanity relies on federal funding to build affordable homes. To continue our mission of building homes, communities, and hope, we need Congress to lift spending caps for this year’s budget and increase investment in HUD development programs. When congressional offices receive multiple phone calls about one issue, they become more aware of the importance of that issue in their district or state.
Please take a few minutes to call members of Congress and to urge them to increase funding for HUD development programs. Here is a link to find the phone number of your representatives in congress. Thank you!
Support HOME & CDBG
Use your voice to support Habitat! Recently, the Transportation HUD Appropriation Subcommittee released its funding bill. It includes $200 million in total cuts to HOME and CDBG, funding that is utilized heavily by Habitat. Affiliates across the state are letting Congress know that these programs are important – critical – to our work. You can help too by contacting Senators and State Reps.
Please write to bothSenators:
Senator Richard Burr Federal Building
151 Patton Avenue, Suite 204
Asheville, NC 28801
Senator Thom Tillis 310 New Bern Ave, Suite 122
Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 856-4630
Write to your Rep (depending on where you live.) FindmyRep
Representative Patrick McHenry (10th District) 160 Midland Avenue
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Representative Mark Meadows (11th District) 200 N Grove Street #90
Hendersonville, NC 28792 (828) 693-5660
HERE ARE TEMPLATE LETTERS FOR YOU TO USE:
Dear (Decision Maker)
I am writing to ask for your leadership to provide strong funding support for HOME.
HOME helps organizations like Habitat for Humanity make decent, affordable housing possible for low-income Americans. Every $1.00 of HOME leverages another $4.00 in other funding. I urge you to support HOME funding at $1 billion in the fiscal year 18 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill so that Habitat for Humanity can continue our work in the field of affordable housing.
Dear (Decision Maker)
I am writing to ask for your leadership in rejecting the current administrations attempts to eliminate or cut CDBG. CDBG is vital to Habitat for Humanity’s mission to provide decent affordable housing to low income families, veterans and the disabled. Every $1.00 of CDBG leverages another $3.55 in other funding and every $1.00 of HOME leverages another $4.00 in other funding. I urge you to stand up for Habitat by supporting 3.3 billion for CDBG in FY2018
When you sign your name, please include your address so they know you are a real person and a registered voter (hopefully everyone is a registered voter!). Thank you!!
Affordable Housing Crisis in Asheville
The need for affordable housing is great and growing in Asheville where housing costs (to buy or rent) have returned to pre-recession prices, there is a vacancy rate of less than 1%, and a rapidly growing population. Too many people that work in Asheville, can’t afford to live in Asheville.
Click here to read various essays in the Mountain Xpress that answer the question: “What would it take to solve the Asheville area’s affordable housing problem?” Among them is the opinion of our Executive Director Lew Kraus and another from one of our homeowners, Shannon Kauffman.
Click here to read the Bowen report commissioned by the City of Asheville, as well as the 5 Year Consolidated Plan that identifies needs and priorities for housing and community development activities for the next five years.
Congress is threatening to end the HOME Investment Partnerships Program. Since the early 1990s, HOME funds have helped Habitat for Humanity affiliates reach the communities that need our help the most. Show your support for HOME today – tell Congress: Don’t Destroy HOME. Click here to take action.
Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country rely on the important work of national service members through programs like AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA. For the past 20 years, these members have helped manage, organize and lead thousands of Habitat volunteers, or support the daily operations of affiliates. If funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is cut as proposed by some in Congress, the capacity of Habitat affiliates to serve partner families would be greatly reduced. Click here to tell Congress to adequately fund CNCS in the fiscal year 16 budget to help Habitat fulfill its mission.
Access to Credit
Too many lower-income American families who desire to be responsible homeowners are not able to secure a mortgage. By offering access to credit and “right-sized” loans to responsible hopeful homeowners of all income levels, we would see a brighter future for many families, more vibrant communities, and a stronger economy overall. Click here to help responsible individuals and families who desire to own a home, have that opportunity.
The WNC Social Justice Advocacy Guide provides a comprehensive list of resources and allies around Western North Carolina dedicated to addressing social justice. This collection of nonpartisan organizations and nonprofits is for those wishing to learn more about specific issues, to establish connections with other groups, and to peruse volunteer opportunities. The Jubilee! Community’s Social Justice team began this site in 2018.