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Buncombe County leaders prioritize affordable housing projects

Buncombe County leaders prioritize affordable housing projects
Buncombe County Commissioners spent time Tuesday prioritizing affordable housing projects. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Buncombe County leaders held a special meeting Tuesday to discuss affordable housing projects for 2022.

Commissioners spent time prioritizing the projects, putting a couple Mountain Housing Opportunities locations at the top of a list that contained Asheville and Buncombe County applications for new construction and upgrades.

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The list for county-only projects is smaller and less expensive, but still comes to about $1.3 million more than what's in the county's budget for affordable housing.

County leaders decided to shift $500,000 from the general fund into affordable housing. Now, they will wait to see what kind of money they get from the Recovery Act.

"If we don't have recovery funds, I think we should advocate for an increase, because this has been identified as one of our highest priorities," Buncombe County Commission Chairman Brownie Newman said.

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The next Affordable Housing Committee meeting will be held in May.

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