Affordable housing catch up: special coverage essays, all parts

The quest for affordable housing: an introduction to the essay project and the Bowen study showing the problems Asheville and surrounding communities face on the affordable housing question, by Tracy Rose.

The following essays are part of a series in which local experts were asked: “What would it take to solve the Asheville area’s affordable housing problem?”

  1. Affordable Housing is everyone’s problem, by Brian K. Alexander — Executive Director, Homeward Bound of WNC Inc.
  2. Helping children and families thrive, by Greg Borom — Director of Advocacy, Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County
  3. No silver bullet, by David Gantt — Chair, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners
  4. A complex problem, by Boone Guyton — Co-owner, Cady and Guyton Construction
  5. Let’s face facts, by Jane Hatley — WNC Regional Director, Self-Help Credit Union
  6. Collision course, by  Shannon Kauffman — Habitat homeowner

Home, cheap home? Affordable housing essays, part two introduction, by Tracy Rose

  1. Let’s subsidize real affordabilityby Cindy Visnich Weeks — Vice President, Director of Community Investments,
    Mountain Housing Opportunities Inc.
  2. Affordable housing or affordable living? By Pat Whalen — President, Public Interest Projects Inc.
  3. Going out of business, by Lew Kraus — Executive Director, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
  4. Black neighborhoods will be obliterated, by Dwight B. Mullen — Political Science Professor, UNC Asheville
  5. How badly do we want it? by Robin Merrell and the Pisgah Legal Services Housing Team

A place to call home: affordable housing essays, part three introduction, by Tracy Rose

  1. Support successful models adequately, by Andrea Golden — Dulce Lomita Mobile Home Cooperative
  2. Incentivize job opportunities, by Donna Cottrell — Buncombe County Planning Department
  3. There are factors we can’t control, by Barber Melton — Vice President, Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods, member, Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
  4. Student labor cuts costs, provides job training, by Heath Moody — Construction Management, Building Science and Sustainability Technologies, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
  5. Bridging the financial gap, by Harry Pilos — downtown developer
  6. Consider the bigger picture, by Vicki Meath — Executive Director, Just Economics
  7. Asheville is a national leader, by Jeff Staudinger — Assistant Director, Community & Economic Development,
    City of Asheville
  8. Increase density and funding, mandate inclusivity, by Lindsey Simerly — Chair, Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
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