Rental assistance program to be restarted in Buncombe County

Buncombe County Administration Building in Asheville September 4, 2018.

ASHEVILLE – Nearly $8 million in federal dollars is coming to Buncombe County to help those who qualify to pay for rent and utilities after the county Board of Commissioners voted to approve the grant at its Jan. 3 meeting.

The county has already spent about $19.5 million in grant money on housing assistance over the past few years, but money from those programs dropped sharply in September, when the county was forced to halt its assistance program rent, according to a presentation given to the commissioners. by the County Health and Human Services Economic Services Director Phillip Hardin.

The new $8 million comes from the North Carolina Office of Pandemic Recovery, which manages funds given to the state from federal COVID-19 pandemic relief programs, and will restart the program.

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