Creating Affordable Housing and Economic Opportunity

The Community Economic Development (CED) Program is a resource for community-led efforts to alleviate poverty through creating affordable housing and removing barriers to economic opportunity.

The CED Program provides technical assistance, legal services, and education for projects, organizations, and public policy initiatives that promote economic inclusivity and equitable development. Through this work, the program promotes healthier and more resilient communities.

Our team provides legal services, education, and capacity building support for community-based projects such as:

  • Social enterprises providing living wage jobs and skills to people with barriers to employment
  • Startup nonprofits engaged in community economic development work
  • Small businesses and micro enterprises started by low-income people
  • Community-led efforts to strengthen healthy communities and build opportunities for historically underserved populations

In the CED Program, we are always looking for organizations and grassroots leaders for social justice in their communities who want to work to achieve lasting results in the most vulnerable communities first.

If you are interested in collaborating with the CED team, please call (828) 253-0406 and ask for help from the Community Economic Development Program.

Examples of the types of groups and projects that we work with:

Asheville-Buncombe Community Land Trust, a newly created developer of permanently affordable housing in our community

Green Opportunities’ social enterprise staffing agency UpStaff Personnel, profiled in The North Carolina State Bar Journal in its Winter 2018 edition)

Cenzontle Language Justice Cooperative, a worker-owned cooperative providing Spanish-English interpretation and translation services

Affordable Housing Development – Learn about Local Incentives & Advocacy

In 2017, Pisgah Legal Services’ CED Program hosted an affordable housing summit to address solutions to the affordable housing crisis. For videos on local incentives, financial perspectives, design, trends in affordable development, and a keynote address from author Matthew Desmond, please click here.

CED Program Staff Attorney Nikki Mitchell, working from our Rutherford County office, convened a group of stakeholders, including local government and area nonprofits, and successfully led the group’s efforts in applying for over $630,000 in state-awarded CDBG funding to repair and rehabilitate homes in Rutherford County owned by low-income families. Watch the video.