Asheville Housing Authority

165 S French Broad Ave., Asheville, NC, 28801
(828)258-1222



Buncombe County

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About Asheville Housing Authority

For over 75 years, the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville has strived to serve its residents by providing an affordable home and avenues to self-sufficiency.

Asheville's heart-rendering stories of human suffering finally swayed City Council members to President Roosevelt's “slum-consciousness” and the establishment of the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville effective June 12, 1940. Shortly after being awarded Federal Housing Funds in the summer of 1941, the WW II frenzy resulted in suspended funds and an inactive Housing Authority. It was not until January 3, 1949-reactivation day for the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville- that the Authority's work began again in earnest, rededicated to “Keeping the Promise,” providing decent, safe and sanitary housing for needy human kind.

The Asheville Housing Authority began construction of its first development Lee Walker Heights in 1950, named after late Professor W.S. Lee of Stephens-Lee High School and Dr. J.W. Walker, deceased tuberculosis specialist. Opening day kept seven secretaries busy taking applications after a numbering system had to be implemented to handle the 350 applicants for the 96 modern apartments. After the second, Pisgah View Apartments, in 1952 and the third, Hillcrest Apartments, in 1959 opened their doors, another more formidable task, face the city of Asheville.

Even with affordable housing efforts brought by the Housing Authority, large area of substandard housing and poverty still plagued Asheville. To address the task of eliminating slums and blight and restoring Asheville's neighborhoods, the Redevelopment Commission was formed in 1958. City redevelopment was becoming a major movement in Asheville in 1967, an effort with which the Authority had always been closely associated. In 1971, the Housing Authority and the Redevelopment Commission were merged under the directorship of Ray Wheeling.

Urban redevelopment and the creation of new low-income housing brought great changes to the Asheville community. As with most housing authorities, Asheville struggled with segregation issues throughout the 60's, achieving compliance with federal mandates in the early 70's. The increase in civic involvement and a renewed federal commitment to domestic issues during the 60's sparked the establishment of a wide range of new services and programs at the Housing Authority.

At the end of 1970, HUD favored leasing rather than building new units. 1977 saw the initiation o the Federal Section 8 Housing Program, further shifting the government from public housing construction to providing subsidies for the rental of privately owned homes and apartments. This resulted in a 248 unit elderly Section 8 complex on Tunnel Road called Asheville Gardens (now called Asheville Terrace), in 1980.

Today, the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville has grown to 10 public housing developments with 1,534 units, 248 special program units and administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program to subsidize housing for more than 1,355 low-income individuals and families. From the Great Depression to the Information Age, HACA has given families and others a chance to come home to a place that is more than just an address.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8 ) wait list is currently closed and HACA is not accepting applications.


Program Summary for Asheville Housing Authority

Asheville Housing Authority is a public housing agency that helps provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Asheville Housing Authority manages several funded programs and has a total of 60 subsidized affordable housing units for rental assistance. Asheville Housing Authority administered a total of 50 Section 8 Vouchers. Asheville Housing Authority currently has low rent units and Section 8 Voucher as its program type. Asheville Housing Authority is located at 165 S French Broad Ave., Asheville, NC, 28801 and serves the city of Asheville. Income limits, fair market rents and rent rates vary with each agency. Please contact Asheville Housing Authority at, (828)258-1222 for more information about coverage area and program availability.


Current Status Active
Size of Asheville Housing Authority compared nationally Large
Last Updated 04/12/2014
Total Numbers of Communities N/A
Total numbers of Administered Section 8 Voucher N/A
Total numbers of Administered Public Housing Units N/A
Waiting list for the Asheville Housing Authority is currently Open


2017 Income Limits for Buncombe County, NC

HUD sets Income Limits for each area based on the median family income in that area. Each Public Housing Agency (PHA) will use the Income Limit set for the jurisdiction that the PHA covers. Therefore, a family may be eligible for one PHA but not another. The number of people in a household determines the Income Limit that is set for determining the family's eligibility for the program that they are applying for. Below are the Income Limits for Buncombe County, NC:

Median Income
$0
Income Limit Category
Persons in Family
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 50%
  • Very Low Income Limit
  • $20,300
  • $23,200
  • $26,100
  • $28,950
  • $31,300
  • $33,600
  • $35,900
  • $38,250
  • 30%
  • Extremely Low Income Limit
  • $12,150
  • $16,020
  • $20,160
  • $24,300
  • $28,440
  • $32,580
  • $35,900
  • $38,250
  • 80%
  • Low Income Limit
  • $32,450
  • $37,050
  • $41,700
  • $46,300
  • $50,050
  • $53,750
  • $57,450
  • $61,150

2017 Fair Market Rents for Buncombe County, NC

Fair Market Rents are HUD's determination of the average rents in a particular area for each bedroom size. The FMRs are set each year based on the rental rates of unsubsidized units so that participants in HUD programs have equal access for affordable housing. Here are the Fair Market Rents for Buncombe County, NC:

Efficiency One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four-Bedroom
$709 $713 $891 $1194 $1553



Agency Name City State Section 8 Voucher Housing Units Status Distance
Marshall Housing Authority Marshall Housing Authority Marshall NC N/A N/A Open 16.28 Miles Contact
Mars Hill Housing Authority Mars Hill Housing Authority Mars Hill NC N/A N/A Open 16.48 Miles Contact
Madison County Housing Authority Madison County Housing Authority Mars Hill NC 191 40 Open 17.03 Miles Contact
Hendersonville Housing Authority Hendersonville Housing Authority Hendersonville NC N/A N/A Open 19.7 Miles Contact
Western Carolina Community Action, Inc. Western Carolina Community Action, Inc. Hendersonville NC 646 N/A Open 21.36 Miles Contact
Waynesville Housing Authority Waynesville Housing Authority Waynesville NC N/A N/A Open 25.13 Miles Contact

Housing Authority

Asheville Housing Authority Program Type:
  • Section 8 Voucher
  • Low Rent Units
1,531
Total Subsidized Units for Rental Assistance Availability

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Buncombe County Quick Facts

Population: 250,539
Persons Per Household: 2.33
Housing Units in Multi-units Structure: 18.2%
Homeownership Rate: 64.5%
Housing Units: 114,556
Yearly Income Per Person: $26,159
Median Household Income: $44,713