The lack of affordable housing is one of the biggest issues facing Asheville today.
There are various factors involved, including a growing population, the high demand for both apartments and houses, the particular challenges of building in the mountains and the low wages paid by many local employers. (See “Little City Blues: Asheville’s Growing Housing Crisis,” Aug. 5, Xpress.)
“Affordable housing is not just a housing problem,” notes Mike Figura, who owns Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and also has a background in urban planning and development. “It’s a housing supply problem; it’s a wage problem; it’s an employment problem.”
Aiming to generate constructive discussion, Xpress asked assorted government officials, nonprofit leaders, neighborhood advocates, volunteers, developers and those facing the challenges of affordable housing to tackle this question: “What would it take to solve the Asheville area’s affordable housing problem?”
We got back so many thought-provoking essays that we couldn’t fit them all in a single issue. In this third of three parts, eight writers offer their ideas.
Here are links to this week’s affordable housing essays (updated as they are published online):
“Support Successful Models Adequately,” by Andrea Golden, Dulce Lomita Mobile Home Cooperative