Urge County Commissioners by June 5 to Support the Buncombe County Housing Trust
Over 7,000 renter households in Buncombe County pay more than 50% of their income for rent.
This is not sustainable. We can’t retain or attract a skilled and educated workforce if housing remains out of reach. Our county needs income-targeted, permanently affordable, well-located homes and apartments that people can call home.
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity is joining other local agencies asking that Buncombe County allocate more funds to build and preserve affordable housing by increasing the appropriation to the Housing Trust in this year’s budget and growing their commitment over time up to an amount equal to a penny per $100 of property tax revenue. You can read more about this plan here.
Increased support from the county is critical to Habitat at this moment because all of our new home building activity for the coming years is located in areas where the county will be our primary public funding source.