Rental assistance program to be restarted in Buncombe County

The Buncombe County Administration Building in Asheville Sept.  4, 2018.

ASHEVILLE – Almost $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 meetings.

The county has already spent around $19.5 million in grant money on housing assistance over the past few years, but money from those programs largely dried up in September, when the county was forced to stop its rental assistance program, according to a presentation given to commissioners by the county’s Health and Human Services Economic Services Division Director Phillip Hardin.

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

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