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Did you know that 41 percent of renters in Buncombe County now pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing? According to the Consolidated Strategic Housing and Community Development Plan, the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has the most expensive housing of any MSA in North Carolina, even though the median income is below the state figure and hourly wages are well below state averages.
As we reach the mid-point of our annual fundraising campaign, let’s keep our eyes on the prize – raising as much money as we can to support United Way’s critical work in Education, Income and Health! Then, on Nov. 4, we’ll celebrate our success and honor those who made it possible at our annual LIVE UNITED Celebration.
As always, we'll eat well, laugh hard, applaud loud and be back to work on time!
Do you want to know how the Asheville City Council candidates responded to questions dealing with housing, child poverty, the transit system, living wage, education and more? Click on 2011 City Council Candidate Questionnaire to see how the candidates responded.
Follow Detective Bill Dingblocks (Get it? building blocks! Go ahead and groan.) as he searches for people who Give, Advocate and Volunteer.
Imagine you are at the grocery store, and the cashier notices that you’ve got a certain product and that it is buy one get one free. She tells you to go and get your free product while she finishes ringing you up.
Once again we are thrilled to have a City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA) intern with us for the summer. Calvin Clark joined us a few weeks ago and today several of our staff spent some time with all the CAYLA interns to get their thoughts on the issues facing our community in the area of Education.
Big thanks go out to Dr. Hoskins who gave us a supply of toothbrushes and toothpaste today. We'll be including them in every fully-stocked backpack that we put together for students this fall.
Donations will be accepted until July 22. If you'd like to be a part of this effort, be sure to visit Hands On Asheville-Buncombe where you can get a list of the school supplies needed as well as information about the different drop-off sites.
A few days ago I stood in line behind a woman attempting to get her medications. There were a lot. I couldn't help overhear her conversation with the pharmacist - a difficult one where he attempted to help her decide which ones were the true priority for her immediate life safety and which she could hold off on for a few weeks until she could find the money. It was excruciating to watch as she told her young daughter to sit to the side while she conferred with the pharmacist.