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Asheville City Council votes to accept more than $4.6 million in HUD funds

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Buncombe County leaders are discussing the possibility of a multi-million-dollar bond referendum to help with housing crisis. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Update: Asheville City Council voted to approve more than $4.6 million in Housing and Urban Development home funds during Tuesday night's meeting.

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Local housing experts are very excited about money that was approved during Tuesday night's Asheville City Council meeting.

Councilmembers voted to accept more than $4.6 million in Housing and Urban Development home funds.

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The money will be used to help people facing eviction, foreclosure or homelessness.

Experts say the mountain region gets this kind of money every year—but usually only around $1 million. The reason it's more this year is due to American Rescue Plan money

"These funds will just increase resources, provide a way to help many more people than before and hopefully pull people out of the crisis that the pandemic has created for them," said Robin Merrell, the managing attorney with Pisgah Legal Services.

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Merrell says organizations will be able to apply for this money sometime next year, with the plan for money to be given out by the end of next year.

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