Southwestern Commission

Lilly Knoepp / Blue Ridge Public Radio

The timeline for counties in Western North Carolina to take part in an affordable housing deal has been extended. 

Located in Murphy, the Hulburt Johnson Friendship House is the westernmost homeless shelter in the state. It has just 33 beds and serves men, women and children. 

“Housing is at a premium here. You don’t have a lot of housing, period.” 

Lilly Knoepp

  The Appalachian Regional Commission is holding its annual summit this week in Asheville.  The federal organization funds projects in  420 counties in 13 states from Mississippi to New York – including in Western North Carolina. 

 The Appalachian Regional Commission was created in 1965 to work on economic development and infrastructure projects such as highways in the region. 

Lilly Knoepp

  The Appalachian Regional Commission awarded more than $2 million dollars in grants to organizations in Western North Carolina.

 

The biggest check went to the Southwestern North Carolina Planning and Economic Development Commission for $1.25 million dollars.  That money will expand the Western North Carolina Farmers Market in Asheville, by investing in a new facility that will teach entrepreneurs about food safety as well as develop food-centric entrepreneurial projects,  often using the produce sold at the farmer’s market.

wunc.org, Michel Tronchetti

A common frustration for residents throughout the mountains of Western North Carolina is the lack of high speed internet access.   They now have a place where they can vent. BPRs Davin Eldridge has more…

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