“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 (NIV)
Budgets are a concrete reflection of our values. Right now, our local leaders are deciding how to fund our public priorities.
Our County Commissioners and members of City Council have invested our tax dollars generously in affordable housing. Some of those investments help Asheville Habitat build and repair homes. These leaders deserve our thanks. They also deserve our support. I have watched them wrestle through impossible choices as the number of funding requests for affordable housing exceeds available resources.
Everyone deserves a place to call home. Our representatives need to know that we don’t believe that they should have to choose between funding emergency repairs or new development; between homeownership, affordable rental, and caring for those experiencing homelessness.
Let your representatives know that housing MUST remain a priority as long as 1 in 6 of our neighbors pays half or more of their income to keep a roof overhead. If you live in the City of Asheville, please write or call your City Councilors and encourage them to increase the allocation to the Housing Trust Fund and commit additional funds to support new approaches to affordable housing. Throughout Buncombe County, contact your Buncombe County Commissioners and urge them to continue to grow the Affordable Housing Services Program.
Our neighbors shouldn’t have to choose between the cost of home and meeting other basic needs. Our elected representatives shouldn’t have to choose which of our critical housing needs goes under-funded.
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