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Current Update 9/22/22

The September 24, 2022 Retreat + Community Input meeting of the Community Reparations Commission is postponed until a later date.  The Commission invites you to join them at their meeting on September 23, 2022, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  The meeting is in person and is not live-streamed to the public.  

 

Current Update 9/14/22

The next meeting of the Community Reparation Commission has been rescheduled from September 19, 2022, to multi-day retreats and community input meetings on September 23 and 24.  Meetings will be held at the Asheville Housing Authority Board Room at 165 South French Broad Ave., Asheville, NC.  Information on the agenda and other details can be found on the commission's webpage

 

Information as with all Community Reparations Commission meetings will be shared following the meeting and reviewed at their next regular meeting on October 17, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.  

 

Please consider signing up for updates.

 

 

If you have questions, please contact:

Brenda Mills, Director of the Equity and Inclusion

Office:  (828) 232-4517

 

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PRIOR UPDATES


Update 4/29/22

The Community Reparations Commission kicks off on Saturday, April 30.  You can view the initial meeting below and find information on the meeting on their webpage.  Future meetings will be listed here or on their webpage.


Update 2/09/22

Interviews for the Community Reparations Commission are scheduled for February 15 from 1:30-5:00 p.m.  See the links below to watch or the City's YouTube Channel at www.YouTube.com/CityofAsheville.  Applications can be viewed HERE.


Update 12/30/21

Mailing Address Correction:  Until the Reparations Forms can be updated, please note that the mailing address for the City is P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC  28802 - please contact Brenda Mills, Director of Equity and Inclusion, if you have questions.  Apologies for the oversight.


Update 12/21/21

More information sessions are planned for next week and in the new year!  These sessions specifically are to answer questions regarding the Application Process for the Impact Focus Areas and the Community Support Interest.  The sessions are below and registration is required to attend.

Information Session Presentation

 

Here are the printable forms for the Impact Focus Areas (Please allow 10-14 days for the U.S. Mail Delivery or drop off, if possible to the City Manager's Office - 2nd Floor City Hall):

  • Impact Focus Area Application is for the ten (10) seats on the Community Reparations Commission reserved for individuals identified with expertise in one or more of the following impact focus areas:

          1 - Criminal Justice

          2 - Economic Development

          3 - Education

          4 - Healthcare

          5 - Housing

 

  • Community Support Interest Form provides the City of Asheville a list of individuals and/or community-based organizations interested in supporting the work of the Community Reparations Commission.  Check out the form for types of support.

 

ONLINE FORMS (Preferred, if possible):

 

 

NEIGHBORHOOD CANDIDATE INTEREST FORM:

See all other forms below.  A reminder that the Neighborhood Representatives will be provided by the historically impacted neighborhoods.  


Posted 11/19/21

Nomination and Application forms are here!  

 

PRINTABLE FORMS:

  • Reparations Participation Introduction explains the process for Neighborhood and Impact Focus Area nominations, how you can support the work of this process, a timeline of the entire process.
  • Neighborhood Candidate Interest Form should be completed and submitted to the neighborhood group(s) selected for review.  The City of Asheville is not involved in this process of selection.
  • Impact Focus Area Application is for the ten (10) seats on the Community Reparations Commission reserved for individuals identified with expertise in one or more of the following impact focus areas:

          1 - Criminal Justice

          2 - Economic Development

          3 - Education

          4 - Healthcare

          5 - Housing

  • Community Support Interest Form provides the City of Asheville a list of individuals and/or community-based organizations interested in supporting the work of the Community Reparations Commission.  Check out the form for types of support.

 

ONLINE FORMS (Preferred, if possible):


Posted 11/16/21

The City of Asheville Reparations Initiative is seeking nominations and applications for the Community Reparations Commission.

 

Information Sessions to Learn More:

The City will have three informational meetings for the community to ask questions about the process. Registration is required to attend

 

Applications will open on November 19. Nominations and applications will be accepted through Wednesday, December 22.


Posted October 19, 2021

TEQuity LLC will provide an update to the Board of Commissioners at their meeting today at 5:00 p.m.  The meeting can be seen live at facebook.com/buncombegov.  

 

The nomination and application process survey is now open!  We will be sending notifications.  Thanks in advance for your participation.


Posted October 12, 2021

Asheville City Council at their meeting on October 12, 2021, heard an update on the Reparations Process by the chosen Reparations Process Project Manager, TEQuity LLC.  The presentation can be found here


Posted September 22, 2021

Asheville City Council at their meeting on August 24, 2021, heard an update on the status of the Reparations Process. The City of Asheville has chosen TEQuity LLC as the project manager for the Reparations Process. The contract was approved at their meeting on September 14, 2021.

 

TEQuity is an African-American-owned management consulting firm specializing in advancing equity through the use of project management services, strategic planning, technology, and analytics. The contract for the Reparations Process Project Management is finalized.

 

Look for more information on the process for selection of the Reparations Commission and how members of the community can be involved.


Posted July 27, 2021

The City of Asheville is looking for professional project management services to provide comprehensive management, coordination, and support services throughout the development of and work of the Reparations Commission. Visit http://ashevillenc.gov/bids to review the Project Manager request for proposals. 

 

The project manager will play an important role in coordination with city staff in developing a process for the City Council and County Commission to appoint members of the commission.  The Reparations Commission will include representatives from neighborhoods that were impacted by policies and practices that created disparities.

 

We acknowledge that the goal for the development of the commission was stated as August 2021; however, this deadline is likely not feasible to meet.  We are committed to allowing enough time for meaningful appointments to the commission. This will include those impacted by public and private systemic racism.

 

The Sharing and Truth-Telling Speaker Series is completed. Recordings of the events and comments from the events can be found below.


Posted July 27, 2021

Information Sharing and Truth-Telling Speaker Series

In June 2021, a series of local and national speakers came together to share information and facilitated discussions with the community members about past policies and practices, present trends and disparities, and future initiatives.

 

The Information Sharing and Truth-Telling Speaker Series are completed. Information received during this series will be used to inform the next steps of the Reparations process, which will be the development of the Reparations Commission and the scope of work of the Reparations Commission. 

 

Click the links below for all comments and questions captured during the Speaker Series: 

Past Policies and Practices - June 3, 2021

Present Trends and Disparities - June 10, 2021

Future Initiatives - June 17, 2021


Posted July 9, 2021

Input from the Speaker Series is being compiled and will be posted soon.


Posted May 14, 2021

In an effort to repair the harm done by decades of discrimination, the city manager and city staff have recommended a 3 phase process that includes:

  1. Information Sharing and Truth-Telling;
  2. Formation of a Reparations Commission; and
  3. Finalize and Present the Report. 

 

Phase 1: Information Sharing and Truth-Telling

May 2021 - June 2021

A Series of local and national speakers will come together to share information and facilitate discussions with the community members about past policies and practices, present trends and disparities, and future initiatives to: 

  • Provide a better understanding of policy impacts and where those impacts occurred
  • Identify and understand current disparities and areas that need focus
  • Identify barriers to addressing generational wealth 
  • Inspire our community to identify collaborative opportunities to create a more equitable Asheville

 

Phase 2: Formation of the Reparations Commission

July 2021 - August 2021

The Reparations Commission will be empowered to make short, medium, and long-term recommendations that will make significant progress toward repairing the damage caused by public and private systemic racism. 

  • 11-13 Representatives from neighborhoods and areas that were impacted by policies and practices that created disparities
    • Neighborhoods/areas selected will be informed by phase 1
  • 10-12 Broad Community Sector Representatives
    • Appointed by City Council and County Commission 
  • The Commission will address disparities based on key focus areas: 
    • Housing
    • Economic Development
    • Public Health
    • Education
    • Public Safety and Justice

 

Phase 3: Presentation of Report from the Reparations Commission

January 2022 - April 2023

The Reparations Commission will present recommendations to the City Council and the community that: 

  • Advance key strategies in a timely manner
  • Align with the City and County budget process
  • Develop funding and implementation strategies
  • Schedule for Commission deliverables: 
    • Short-term recommendations: January 2022
    • Medium-term recommendations: July 2022
    • Long-term recommendations: January 2023
    • Final report March/April 2023