Editor’s note: This essay is part of a string for which local experts were asked: “What would it take to solve the Asheville area’s affordable housing problem?”
Our community is facing an emergency. Based on a study that is recent Buncombe County has a highly effective zero percent vacancy rate for rental housing. Here at Homeward Bound, we’ve certainly noticed this trend. Each and every day, our case managers work to find safe, affordable places for the clients to reside. Now, however, we just can’t find those homes.
This case puts the lives of several of our community’s most vulnerable members at risk. Living on the streets for long periods of time exacerbates chronic behavioral and physical medical issues that often lead to death that is premature.
However the not enough affordable housing doesn’t affect the most just vulnerable. Affordable housing is a must for the veterans that are homeless served our country in Afghanistan and Iraq, for the police and firefighters who make our community safe. It’s for the waiter who served you dinner last night, when it comes to small-business owner who sold you a lovely painting last week, for the nurse who took care of your mother into the hospital.
And that you can make a difference in this conversation or be effective in increasing the amount of affordable housing in our community, you can while you may not believe! We want one to advocate for more affordable housing, in order for every one of our neighbors have safe, affordable places to reside. Them to work with Homeward Bound and other service providers if you know people who own rental properties, encourage. Talk to your neighbors, and convince them that adding housing that is affordable to your neighborhood can make it richer and more diverse.
A difference can be made by you!
— Brian K. Alexander
Homeward Bound of WNC Inc.
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