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Home & Community Care Block Grant/Aging Services Funding

Aging Services Funding

Buncombe County partners with Land-of-Sky Regional Council and the Buncombe Aging Services Alliance (BASA) to provide a structure for agencies, organizations and individuals to work together to plan, promote community awareness, and advocate for public and private support for services to the older adults of Buncombe County.

Application and Funding Timeline

The application period is over, please check back in January 2025 for information about the application.

Home and Community Care Block Grant County Budget Instructions

Home and Community Care Block Grant Guidelines

Aging Plan/Age-Friendly Coordinator: Billie Breeden

Buncombe County has a full-time Age-Friendly Coordinator who oversees the work of the Age-Friendly Action Plan and facilitation of the Buncombe County Age-Friendly initiatives: ie. Experienced Workforce, Elder Justice, Housing Options for Aging in Place, and the Asheville/Buncombe Black Elders (ABBE) Engagement Project.

The Buncombe County Aging Plan (2018-2022) reflects the vision of an age-friendly community where older adults are safe, well and engaged. It has established the following goals for our community:

  1. Prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults.
  2. Prevent financial fraud, scams and exploitation of older adults.
  3. Improve health and wellbeing among older adults.
  4. Improve and support financial wellbeing among older adults.
  5. Improve and support caregiver wellbeing.
  6. Increase older adults’ access to transportation.
  7. Improve older adults’ access to services and supports.
  8. Increase age-friendly capability of Buncombe County.

HCCBG Fundable Programs

North Carolina Home and Community Care Block Grant (HCCBG) Funds

HCCBG funds are for persons 60 years of age and older and their unpaid primary caregivers in need of in-home and community based services.
Services funded through the block grant include the following:

  • Adult Day Programs - Adult Day Care and Adult Day Health
  • Care Management
  • Congregate Nutrition
  • Group Respite
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Health Screening
  • Home-Delivered Meals
  • Skilled Home Care
  • Housing and Home Improvement
  • Information and Options Counseling
  • In-Home Aide
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Respite Care - Overnight and Institutional Respite
  • Senior Companion Program
  • Senior Center Operations
  • Volunteer Program Development
  • Consumer Directed Services
  • Overnight Respite Service
  • Transportation

Buncombe County Supplemental Funds

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners provides additional funds to supplement and fund services that are outside of the allowable HCCBG categories.


Home and Community Care Block Grant Advisory Committee (HCCBG Advisory Committee)

HCCBG Advisory Committee serves as an advisory body to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners made up of appointed community members who meet on a monthly basis to:

  1. Review funding applications and provide County Commissioners with funding recommendations for aging services;
  2. Review quarterly reports and monitoring reports regarding the delivery of services from the funded agencies;
  3. Consider and discuss new ways to improve/expand on aging services;
  4. Review aging plan and provide input; and
  5. Advocate for aging services on the local, state, and national levels.
Table: Home and Community Care Block Grant Advisory Committee (HCCBG Advisory Committee)
DescriptionThe Home and Community Care Block Grant Advisory Committee makes grant recommendations to the Board of Commissioners regarding allocations of Home and Community Care Block Grant funding and County Aging Services funding. For additional information regarding Home and Community Care Block Grant please review the manual here:
Term Length1 year
Number of Terms2
Meeting Date4th Wednesday
Meeting Time3:30pm
Meeting LocationZoom

Committee Members

  • Susan Schiemer: Committee Chair
  • Daniel Beerman
  • Eileen McMinn
  • Greg Zornes
  • Rebecca Heartz
  • Suzanne Booth
  • Deborah Oldt
  • Taylor Cox
  • Melissa Harmon
  • HHS Staff Liaisons: Alison Banzhoff and Billie Breeden
  • Land of Sky Area Agency on Aging Staff Liaisons: LeeAnne Tucker and Zack Schmitt

To become a member, please Fill Out an Application on the Boards and Commissions Page

Meeting Documents Archive

Locate & Contact

Aging Services Funding


Alison Banzhoff
Adult and Aging Services Program Manager
P. (828) 250-5289

Billie Breeden
Age-Friendly Coordinator
P. (828) 767-4376

Adult and Aging Services
40 Coxe Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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