Asheville City Council preview: housing for the homeless and tech for the economy
(Mounain XPress) While Asheville City Council’s meeting next Tuesday, April 8, doesn’t include any hot-button public hearings, it does include projects meant to tackle the lack of housing, especially for the chronically homeless, and improve economic development by bringing in a tech sector “fellow.” Council is considering using $58,106 from its affordable housing trust fund for the 30-unit Oak Hill Commons development in West Asheville, intended for “hard-to-house” locals, especially the chronically homeless. According to the city’s most recent count of the local homeless population, there are 47 chronically homeless people remaining in Asheville, and this project is intended “as the last necessary step to ending chronic homelessness in Asheville and Buncombe County,” according to the staff memo summarizing it. The project will also require additional financing from other public and private organizations before it’s built.
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