Housing Programs


The goal of the Commission’s housing division is to provide safe, decent affordable housing for the residents of Region C.  The most recent annual plan can be found here.



Section 511 of the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 requires the Board of Directors of the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission to conduct a public hearing to discuss and invite public comment regarding the 2019 Annual Plan.  The hearing is to be conducted at 3:00 P.M. on Monday, April 15, 2019at the main office of the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission, 111 W Court Street, Rutherfordton, NC.

The proposed Annual Plan (FY beginning 07/01/2019) and information relevant to the public hearing to be conducted can be viewed by clicking here and is also available for public inspection at IPDC, 111 W Court Street, Rutherfordton, NC, during normal business hours 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

Questions or comments may be directed to Sonja Bristol, Director of Housing, at (828) 351-2342.

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

This program provides assistance with rent and utilities for qualifying families by contracting with private landlords.  Active clients are afforded opportunity to participate in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, which links the family with supportive services such as childcare, transportation, educational and job training.

Updates & Forms

CLICK HERE to view the Government Shutdown Update Memorandum from Isothermal Planning and Development Commission Section 8

CLICK HERE for the Housing Assistance Payments Contract

CLICK HERE to download the Interim Re-Evaluation Request Form.

Contact the Housing Office: 

Housing Choice Voucher Program (General Information) – (828)-351-2327

Shelby Housing Office (Cleveland County) – (704)-487-0476

Marion Housing Office (McDowell County) – (828) 652-8098

The Housing Choice Voucher Home-ownership Program

This is a component of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, and provides vouchers to assist first-time homeowners with their monthly mortgage in lieu of a rental subsidy.

The HUD-VASH Program

A partnership between the Department of Housing & Urban Development and Veteran Affairs to support Homeless veterans in finding and maintaining permanent housing.

The Western N.C. Housing Partnership

A private non-profit organization established to develop affordable housing projects for seniors, families, and special populations in 31 western N.C. counties.  For more information, please go to http://www.wnchousing.org.