Editor’s note: This essay is a component 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 a crisis. Based on a study that is recent Buncombe County has a successful zero percent vacancy rate for rental housing. Only at Homeward Bound, we’ve certainly noticed this trend. Every day, our case managers strive to find safe, affordable places for our clients to call home. Now, however, we simply cannot find those homes.
This case puts the lives of several of our community’s most members that are vulnerable risk. Living regarding the streets for very long periods of time exacerbates chronic behavioral and physical health problems that often lead to death that is premature. (more…)