Having a place to live that is affordable and that is accessible to stores, job opportunities, public transportation and other public services is one of the most important needs for those reentering the community after a period of incarceration.

This Buncombe County Rental Guide is a good starting point to learn about finding a place to live. It provides information about rental affordability, landlord/tenant law, and property listings.

A few key things to know:

  • A good rule of thumb is to spend no more than 30%-40% of your income on rent.
  • Your specific criminal history can impact what housing is open to you. The housing section in this presentation will give you some guidelines. Check out the legal section of this site as well.
  • Housing opportunities go very quickly in Buncombe County. Follow up immediately on any opportunity you hear about.
  • When you meet or interact with prospective landlords or roommates, think about the impression you make. Show up on time, dress neatly, be polite. How you present yourself matters!
  • You have the right to a free annual credit report through the FTC website

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