Don’t Let Housing Authority (HACA) Take Away Residents’ Affordable Childcare

Show your support at May 22 HACA Board Meeting

On May 6, parents with children who attend the Lonnie D. Burton, Hillcrest, and Pisgah View Head Start programs received notice that these centers would stop providing services as of June 17, 2024. (See the letter that was sent below.)

Per the letter below, HACA has launched a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to identify the Childcare Operator who will provide childcare services in these communities next year. The RFP requires that the Childcare Operator reserves 50% of slots for children receiving childcare subsidy vouchers. This is in contrast to Head Start, which is free for children whose families meet income requirements based on Federal Poverty Guidelines. Only 10% of the families served by Head Start have an income that exceeds the Federal Poverty Guidelines. It is very possible that with HACA’s new, less stringent requirements, many families in these HACA communities will not be able to afford the onsite childcare and early education services offered by the chosen provider.

This policy change has a negative impact on the children growing up in Lonnie D. Burton, Hillcrest, and Pisgah View communities.  It also negatively impacts working parents who depend on these centers for childcare in a city where the waitlist for subsidized childcare slots is long.

The Poor People’s Campaign of North Carolina, a partner in our voter outreach efforts, asks everyone who can to attend the upcoming HACA Board meeting on Wednesday, May 22nd, at 6 pm, at 165 South French Broad Ave. Also please write a letter sharing your concern about this policy change and ask HACA leadership and the Board of Commissioners to provide information about:

  • Why this change is being made.
  • How HACA plans on addressing the gap in childcare their decision is creating for families.
  • Why the RFP doesn’t require that 90% of the slots be reserved for children receiving childcare subsidy vouchers.

You can address your letter to Monique Pierre, President and CEO of HACA; Tilman Jackson, Board Chairman; and Reginald Robinson, Vice Chair at the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, 165 South French Broad Ave., Asheville NC 28801.

This is an opportunity to stand with neighbors impacted by systemic poverty!

Forward Together!
Leslie Boyd and Evan Richardson, Co-Chairs of Western Circle of NC PPC