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Name not available inside City Boundary December 20, 2019, 10:02 AM

Which county do you live in?

Buncombe


What is your age?

65+


What is your race?
White


What is your gender identity?
Male


What is your total household income?
$35,000 to $49,999


What is your housing situation?
Own my home or condo


How much of your total household income do you spend on your housing costs per month (mortgage plus insurance and taxes or rent plus utilities)?

33%


Have you had any of the following issues with buying or renting property in the 4-county area?
Could not find suitable and affordable option


Please tell us more about any issues you have experienced buying or renting.
sfd homes are very expensive, is why we are in a small condo


Do you have any of the following problems with your current residence (check all that apply)?
Inconvenient location, Size (either too small or too large)


What other concerns or suggestions do you have about housing?
build more homes as condos or town home ownership, duplex and triplexes

Name not available outside City Boundary December 20, 2019, 8:36 AM

Which county do you live in?

Buncombe


What is your age?

55-64


What is your race?
White


What is your gender identity?
Female


What is your total household income?
$50,000 to $74,999


What is your housing situation?
Own my home or condo


How much of your total household income do you spend on your housing costs per month (mortgage plus insurance and taxes or rent plus utilities)?

Approximately 35%


Do you have any of the following problems with your current residence (check all that apply)?
Rent/mortgage too expensive


What other concerns or suggestions do you have about housing?
Better plannning for lower income/middle income housing. Lots of apartments springing up but not all of them are affordable.

Name not available inside City Boundary December 18, 2019, 1:50 PM

Which county do you live in?

Buncombe


What is your age?

35-44


What is your race?
White


What is your gender identity?
Female


What is your total household income?
$75,000 to $99,999


What is your housing situation?
Rent a house or apartment


How much of your total household income do you spend on your housing costs per month (mortgage plus insurance and taxes or rent plus utilities)?

35%


Have you had any of the following issues with buying or renting property in the 4-county area?
Other - The rental market was so tight that unless I could show up to look at a property within hours, it was gone.


Do you have any of the following problems with your current residence (check all that apply)?
Rent/mortgage too expensive


Please tell us more about the problems with your current residence.
Even though we are fortunate to have landlords who have not raised the rent in three years, the amount of rent we are paying for a modest two bedroom home in Asheville is out of reach for most individuals who work locally in Buncombe County.


What other concerns or suggestions do you have about housing?
Almost everyone I know who owns a home has created an AirBnB short term dwelling unit and is charging exorbitant prices to wealthy out of towners to stay at their home for a week or less. I see rentals going for $1100 for a one bedroom apartment with first, last, and deposit requested. Wages for teachers, nonprofit workers, service industry staff, and other hardworking professionals in this area are not in alignment with rent like this. I'm concerned we are becoming a BYOJ (Bring Your Own Job) community of telecommuters/tech folks who can afford high rents, while forcing hard-working, caring residents out. Something has to change.

Name not available inside City Boundary December 18, 2019, 12:54 PM

Which county do you live in?

Buncombe


What is your age?

35-44


What is your race?
White


What is your gender identity?
Female


What is your total household income?
$100,000 to $149,999


What is your housing situation?
Rent a house or apartment


How much of your total household income do you spend on your housing costs per month (mortgage plus insurance and taxes or rent plus utilities)?

$2000


Have you had any of the following issues with buying or renting property in the 4-county area?
Other - waiting lists


Do you have any of the following problems with your current residence (check all that apply)?
Other - none - this question should not require a response

Name not available outside City Boundary December 17, 2019, 8:53 PM

Which county do you live in?

Buncombe


What is your age?

55-64


What is your race?
White


What is your gender identity?
Female


What is your total household income?
$75,000 to $99,999


What is your housing situation?
Rent a house or apartment


How much of your total household income do you spend on your housing costs per month (mortgage plus insurance and taxes or rent plus utilities)?

$1500


Have you had any of the following issues with buying or renting property in the 4-county area?
Could not find suitable and affordable option


Do you have any of the following problems with your current residence (check all that apply)?
Size (either too small or too large)


Please tell us more about the problems with your current residence.
My adult children had to move in with us after they graduated college and they cannot find employment that will support them on their own.


What other concerns or suggestions do you have about housing?
I have lived here for 3 years, my husband has lived here 20 yrs. He works remote as he cannot find employment in the area that will support the cost of living here.

Name not available inside City Boundary December 17, 2019, 6:54 PM

Which county do you live in?

Buncombe


What is your age?

35-44


What is your race?
White


What is your gender identity?
Female


What is your total household income?
$35,000 to $49,999


What is your housing situation?
Own my home or condo


How much of your total household income do you spend on your housing costs per month (mortgage plus insurance and taxes or rent plus utilities)?

Half


Have you had any of the following issues with buying or renting property in the 4-county area?
Could not afford down payment or deposit


Please tell us more about any issues you have experienced buying or renting.
Being a single mom and having less than perfect credit, no money saved for a down payment, options were way out of my price range


Do you have any of the following problems with your current residence (check all that apply)?
Other - None


What other concerns or suggestions do you have about housing?
This area is ridiculous. The cost of living versus the wages are disproportionate. Normal working class people are not able to afford homes.

Name not available inside City Boundary December 17, 2019, 6:30 PM

Which county do you live in?

Buncombe


What is your age?

45-54


What is your race?
White


What is your gender identity?
Female


What is your total household income?
$35,000 to $49,999


What is your housing situation?
Own my home or condo


How much of your total household income do you spend on your housing costs per month (mortgage plus insurance and taxes or rent plus utilities)?

25%. My income is actually $30,000 and that is not one of the options...there is a big gap in that question, fyi.


Have you had any of the following issues with buying or renting property in the 4-county area?
Could not find suitable and affordable option


Please tell us more about any issues you have experienced buying or renting.
I could not afford to own my own home without Habitat for Humanity. Bonus is a safe neighborhood!


Do you have any of the following problems with your current residence (check all that apply)?
Other - No problems with my current residence


What other concerns or suggestions do you have about housing?
A lot of people I know that work in restaurants/retail in Asheville have a hard time finding affordable housing here.

Name not available inside City Boundary December 17, 2019, 5:14 PM

Which county do you live in?

Buncombe


What is your age?

55-64


What is your race?
White


What is your gender identity?
Female


What is your total household income?
Less than $15,000


What is your housing situation?
Stay with family/friends


How much of your total household income do you spend on your housing costs per month (mortgage plus insurance and taxes or rent plus utilities)?

I can only live in Asheville because I stay at my sister’s.


Have you had any of the following issues with buying or renting property in the 4-county area?
Could not find suitable and affordable option


Please tell us more about any issues you have experienced buying or renting.
Anyone working a regular in Asheville will not be able to afford even a studio. Rooms in people’s homes are also too expensive. It’s all about tourism here. The workers who support the tourists are disrespected and treated horribly.


Do you have any of the following problems with your current residence (check all that apply)?
Nuisances (i.e. noise, traffic, neighborhood conditions)


Please tell us more about the problems with your current residence.
Speeding and drug traffic in the Camelot subdivision.

Name not available inside City Boundary December 17, 2019, 12:57 PM

Which county do you live in?

Buncombe


What is your age?

45-54


What is your race?
White


What is your gender identity?
Female


What is your total household income?
$150,000 or More


What is your housing situation?
Own my home or condo


How much of your total household income do you spend on your housing costs per month (mortgage plus insurance and taxes or rent plus utilities)?

15%


Have you had any of the following issues with buying or renting property in the 4-county area?
Other - NO ISSUES


Please tell us more about any issues you have experienced buying or renting.
NO ISSUES


Do you have any of the following problems with your current residence (check all that apply)?
Other - NO ISSUES


What other concerns or suggestions do you have about housing?
While I do not personally experience housing issues, I know that many people in our community do. There is not enough housing stock that is decent and affordable. Housing costs are too high compared to local wages. People are forced to live in unsafe neighborhoods, substandard units, overcrowded situations, far from work and school, etc. And too many people spend more than 30% of their income on housing. That leaves an insufficient amount for other necessities like healthcare/medicine, reliable transportation, nutritious food, etc. People who work in Asheville and contribute to our city's vibrancy, should be able to afford to live here.

Name not available inside City Boundary December 17, 2019, 12:28 PM

Which county do you live in?

Buncombe


What is your age?

55-64


What is your race?
White


What is your gender identity?
Male


What is your total household income?
$150,000 or More


What is your housing situation?
Own my home or condo


How much of your total household income do you spend on your housing costs per month (mortgage plus insurance and taxes or rent plus utilities)?

10%


Please tell us more about any issues you have experienced buying or renting.
None


Do you have any of the following problems with your current residence (check all that apply)?
Nuisances (i.e. noise, traffic, neighborhood conditions)


Please tell us more about the problems with your current residence.
Mine are self inflicted - I live downtown, so of course there is noise, traffic, etc. While I don't enjoy it, I accept this as a tradeoff for living here.


What other concerns or suggestions do you have about housing?
We need more options for affordable housing in this city / county. While I am personally comfortable, I see so many who are not. We (tax payers and the government) can and should do more.