Grant for a rent study to help increase access to affordable housing in Transylvania Co.

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In an effort to increase access to affordable housing in Transylvania County,

The Dogwood Health Trust awarded a grant of $ 28,593 to Western Carolina Community Action to support a joint effort by the WCCA and the Asheville Housing Authority (AHA) to conduct a Fair Market Rents (FMR) study for the County of Transylvania.

The survey is an effort to increase access to affordable housing for residents of Transylvania County.

The results of the study could affect the amount of subsidy available to Housing Choice Voucher clients to help pay their rent.

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To make the investigation as efficient as possible and give the most accurate results, local housing advocates urge anyone who receives a request for an investigation to respond as quickly as possible.

WCCA and AHA will use the results to appeal the Fair Market Rent proposed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development for 2022, which determines how much a Housing Choice Voucher will pay for a property’s monthly rent.

Renters are then expected to make up the difference while spending no more than 30% of their monthly income on rent and utilities combined.

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The problem that WCCA and AHA are trying to balance through the survey is that many rental prices for affordable housing in the community exceed the FMR rates determined by the HUD.

There has been a huge difference in FMR numbers between Henderson, Buncombe and Transylvania counties for several years, despite the cost of living in each region being similar, according to Sheryl Fortune, director of housing programs at WCCA.

Fortune said this gap was so big in 2020 that a tenant living in a 2-bedroom house in Transylvania County would receive $ 573 less in aid per month than a tenant living in a 2-bedroom house in the counties. de Henderson, although the real estate markets between the two counties are not very different.

WCCA and AHA will use the survey results to support their demand to increase FMR rates so that more seniors, veterans, people with disabilities and low-income families can rent decent housing, safe and affordable.

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