Just Economics’ Bi-Monthly General Meeting--June 26th, 6:30-8:30, United Way….Everyone Welcome...Food Provided!

Affordable Housing Action Alert:  

Access to safe, stable housing improves the health and educational outcomes of children. Yet, too many children live in financially vulnerable households where parents make tough choices between food, bills, and other necessities to afford high housing costs. In fact, an estimated 7,000 households in our county pay more than 50% of their income on rent. They are one bad break from facing homelessness. We need to pass policy and budgets today, if we are going to offer hope for tomorrow.

The County Commissioners will soon adopt their budget for the new "fiscal year" that begins July 1. The Success Equation and other community partners proposed an idea that the county allocate the equivalent of one penny per $100 in property tax value to support the County's Housing Trust. This is not a tax increase, just a re-prioritization of existing funds. It would provide about $3.6 million towards affordable development, repair, rental, and homeownership in the county.


TAKE ACTION: Will you take 5 minutes to voice your support for a County Housing Trust Fund? You can call or email your Commissioners and the Commission Chair (number below) using the information below.


The suggested message: "Thank you for making affordable housing a strategic priority for the County. Access to safe, stable housing improves the health and educational outcomes of children. I'm calling to support the Success Equation's proposal to increase funds in the budget for the County's Housing Trust. We need to prioritize the resources to address our county's needs for safe, affordable housing."


Brownie Newman, Chairman

(828) 243-0107 or brownie.newman@buncombecounty.org

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Commissioner District 1

(828) 250-4004 or jasmine.beach-ferrara@buncombecounty.org

Al Whitesides, Commissioner District 1

Phone Not Available. alfred.whitesides@buncombecounty.org

Mike Fryar, Commissioner District 2

(828) 250-4007 or mike.fryar@buncombecounty.org

Ellen Frost, Commissioner District 2

(828) 250-4005 or ellen.frost@buncombecounty.org

Joe Belcher, Commissioner District 3

(828) 250-4008 or joe.belcher@buncombecounty.org

Robert Pressley, Commissioner District 3

(828) 215-2077 or robert.pressley@buncombecounty.org



Just Brew It Sponsors and Winners:

Big Thank you to the Wedge Foundation and to our great sponsors and supporters:  JAG Construction, Mercy Urgent Care, Peridot Consulting, Peter Rocks, Hi Wire Brewing, Gingers Revenge, Urban Orchard, Asheville Brewer Supply, JB Media, Celine and Company Catering, Patton Avenue Pets, the Matt and Molly Team, Relax and Rejuvenate, the Dripolator, Hole Doughnuts, Roots, Pisgah Brewing, Asheville Screen Printing, Tink's Farm, MALT and Oskar Blues.


Just Brew It 2018 Winners List


People’s Choice 1st place- Janeen Hulbert with “Chaga Coffee Stout”

People’s Choice 2nd place- Erich Seigler, Brent Kilby & Heather Gillespie with “Don’t build a wall Mexican Lager”

Hi-Wire Collaborative Brew- Justin Breitzke with “Barrel Aged Chocolate Dessert”

Asheville Brewer’s Supply Best IPA- David Maida with “Return of the Sanders Episode VI”

Hole Best Beer to Pair with a donut- Janeen Hulbert with “Chaga Coffee Stout”

Urban Orchard Best Local Ingredient- - Janeen Hulbert with “Pineapple Sage”

Peridot Consulting Best Name Award- Fermented Nonsense Brewing (Josh Austin & Matt Vaughn) with “Count Chocula’s Coconuts”

Wedge Brewing Award- Erin Fletchers & Forrest Samuels with “Local Red Hen Cider”

JE Most Spirited Award- Chris Hilgar, Andrew Clement, Robb McAdams & Michael Schattschneider

Mountain Xpress Media Award (Tony Kiss)- Erich Seigler, Brent Kilby & Heather Gillespie with “Don’t build a wall Mexican Lager”

WLOS Media Award (Rob Bradley)-Faw-Keen Brewing (Rich Keen & Faith Faw) with “Venomous Sour Blonde”