UNC Asheville’s "Facing Project: Facing Unaffordable and Inequitable Housing in Asheville," a performance and discussion, will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 at the YMI Cultural Center at 39 S. Market Street in downtown Asheville. The event will focus on individual Asheville residents’ experience with affordable housing, and is free and open to the public.
UNC Asheville is one of five colleges and universities in North Carolina to carry out a “Facing Project,” examining a community issue through the collection and sharing of stories. In UNC Asheville’s Facing Project, students collected stories by interviewing members of the Asheville community about their individual experience and struggles with affordable housing in the city. The students then compiled those stories in the first-person and will share them through writing and acting.
“This event will provide a ground-up perspective on the housing crisis from the people who live it and fight it,” said UNC Asheville senior and Facing Project Coordinator JaNesha Slaughter.
UNC Asheville and other North Carolina schools participating in the Facing Project are all members of North Carolina Campus Compact, a coalition of 36 public and private colleges and universities dedicated to improving community life and educating students for civic responsibility. The year-long project culminates in a book and a community event.