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Affordable Housing

Buncombe County works in partnership with several non-profit housing agencies in our community that specialize in assisting homeowners and tenants. Questions or needs concerning housing services should be directed to the following agencies below.

ARC of Buncombe County (828) 253-1255
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity (828) 251-5702
Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (828) 259-5300
Community Action Opportunities (828) 252-2495
Council on Aging (828) 277-8288
Eblen Charities (828) 255-3066
Helpmate (828) 254-2968
Homeward Bound (828) 258-1695
Housing Authority (828) 258-1222
Mountain Housing Opportunities (828) 254-4030
OnTrack Financial (828) 255-5166
Pisgah Legal Services (828) 253-0406
Western Carolina Rescue Mission (828) 254-0471

List or search for rental property is a service provided for area residents to either list or search for rental property. This service is free to both landlords and perspective tenants, and targets affordable rental housing. Visit:

The toll free telephone number to call for help in accessing rental property through this web service is 1-877-428-8844. For persons without internet connection, any Buncombe County Public Library branch offers connectivity.

Fair Housing

The North Carolina Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate in housing because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental handicaps, or family status (families with children). The law applies to the sale, rental or financing of residential housing. For more information about Fair Housing, or filing a complaint, visit the following information links:

Learn More

To learn more about Buncombe County's Affordable Housing programs and activities, please read the following:

Zoning Ordinance Incentives for Affordable Housing

The Community Oriented Development (COD) program is available to developers through the Buncombe County Zoning Ordinance. This program awards significant density bonuses for developments that include affordable and workforce housing in their design, as well as including other features and amenities recognized through the three categories of sustainability:

  • community,
  • environment/transit,
  • and economy

Up to 250% percent of the allowed density could be awarded through the point system shown in the Ordinance section §78-650.

In most of the zoning districts within the County, residents are allowed to build up to two (2) homes on their property (i.e, additional dwelling units). The County also reduced setback requirements and minimum lot size requirements, which allows less acreage per lot.

Visit the Zoning Ordinance for more information.


Affordable Housing Services Program

The Asheville Regional Housing Consortium 2018-2019 HOME Investment Partnerships Program

If you are submitting a HOME application for consideration by Buncombe County, the submission deadline is January 19, 2018 by 5:00 PM.

This year’s application is only available by accessing the City of Asheville’s HOME Webinar at the following link:

You will be asked to view the webinar and submit your contact information to have the application documents emailed to you. If you experience any difficulties accessing the application documents, please contact Donna Cottrell with Buncombe County by calling (828) 250-4834.

Submit two paper copies by hand or by mail to:

Buncombe County
Planning & Development
46 Valley Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Fee Rebate Program

Abandoned Manufactured Home Removal Policy

Do you or someone you know have an abandoned manufactured home that needs to be removed? Take a look at the policy below for details.