Apartments for teachers to open this year in Asheville

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ASHEVILLE (AP) -- Buncombe County plans to open apartments for teachers later this year, a benefit that officials believe will be an important recruiting tool.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the 24 apartments will provide an affordable housing option for teachers in the county and in Asheville.

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Buncombe County school board members on Thursday toured one of the apartments, located in a complex near Erwin High School. The 1,100-square-foot apartments have two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Officials say more than 20 teachers have expressed interest in renting one of the apartments.

A report found Buncombe had a housing crisis, with a countywide apartment vacancy rate of less than 1 percent in 2014. The report by an Ohio-based research company said the vacancy rate in 2016 was 2.7 percent, described as a housing shortage.


Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times,

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