Affordable housing may be the single biggest issue facing the city of Asheville at this time, as rents around the city to continue to rise while wages for workers do not. Voters last fall okayed bonds to help the city start building more affordable housing. But the first project Asheville lawmakers approved since then has been in the works for some time before that.
Asheville isn't alone when it comes to problems with providing enough affordable housing. Citizen-Times reporter Emily Patrick found the struggle is often greater in areas well outside of the city in Western North Carolina.