More Neighbors? Yes, Please!

Neighbors for More Neighbors WNC works toward a future where we all find secure, affordable homes in the neighborhoods we choose.

Those neighborhoods may include great transit, a community where family and friends are neighbors, or complete neighborhoods with walkable errands and jobs. As we move through our lives, we find smaller and larger homes as our needs change, while staying in communities we love. We imagine a day where this is true for everyone: owners and renters, and people of all ethnicities and income levels.

AUGUST 10 - Neighbors for More Neighbors WNC Launch Party
5-7 PM at the Wedge Brewery at Foundation

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Historical photo of Western North Carolina Alliance (now MountainTrue) members protesting the practice of clearcutting in Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest. Neighbors for More Neighbors WNC is a program of MountainTrue, a regional nonprofit organization championing resilient forests, clean waters, and healthy communities in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. MountainTrue has been working to protect the places we share since 1982 by fighting threats like oil and gas extraction within our region’s National Forests and also by promoting responsible land use according to smart growth principles.

Neighbors for More Neighbors WNC is an expansion of our Healthy Communities program, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting policies that protect and create homes for our neighbors in places that reduce our collective carbon footprint.

Our Platform

We know that healthy communities exist within the context of a healthy environment — and right now, both are threatened. There is a housing crisis across the country, with many hard-working families unable to find an affordable place to live. There is also a climate crisis, with greenhouse gas emissions threatening the stability of all our planet’s ecosystems and biodiversity. We believe that the following principles represent one piece of the solution to both of these crises:

  • Re-legalizing a variety of modest, mid-size home choices, like accessory dwelling units, duplexes, triplexes, and townhomes in residential city neighborhoods.
  • Protecting our farms and forests for carbon sequestration by building up within our existing cities and towns, instead of out where new land must be cleared, new roads built, and reliance on personal vehicles increases.
  • Preserving existing homes and buildings is an efficient use of resources, generates less waste than new construction, and is an important way to prevent displacement of our neighbors.
  • Investments in multi-modal transportation networks like transit and bike lanes allow more families to live in close proximity to town centers without increasing vehicular traffic and congestion.

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Our Partners

We collaborate with the following partners who support building more housing in a sustainable way that will increase housing affordability as well. We all agree that more homes are needed in our communities and that building various housing types in places where infrastructure already exists will improve the health and quality of life for existing and new neighbors.


We Are Speaking Up in Support of Needed Housing in Hiawassee, GA

This month, Neighbors for More Neighbors WNC and MountainTrue staff collaborated to evaluate and subsequently express full support for a proposed housing development for Hiawassee, GA. The project is called The Commons at…
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BYON = Bring Your Own Neighbor to the Neighbors for More Neighbors Kickoff Party on August 10

The community is invited to be part of a solution to today’s housing and climate crises. Asheville, NC – Do you enjoy hanging out with your neighbors? Do you have…
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Open Space Amendment Promotes Healthy Communities and the Environment

MountainTrue’s Susan Bean in the MountainXpress on the City of Asheville’s Open Space Amendment. In this March 21, 2022 Mountain Xpress Contributor piece, MountainTrue Housing and Transportation Director Susan Bean expresses MountainTrue’s…
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How the US made affordable homes illegal
Vox on YouTube, August 16, 2021
Vox provides this video explainer about how exclusionary zoning has created a housing shortage that affects everyone.

Yes in Our Backyards. It's time progressives like me learned to love the green building boom.
Mother Jones, April, 2023
Bill McKibben writes on the need to see our backyards as global and to be open to sharing our space with new neighbors.

There is Unrest in the Urban Forest
Strong Towns, January 12, 2022
This article from StrongTowns explains how the tension between tree preservationists and pro-housing advocates represents a false choice between trees and homes.

Housing Needs Assessment 2021 for Western North Carolina
Bowen National Research Report for Dogwood Health Trust, 2021

A housing needs assessment for the 18 counties and the Qualla Boundary tribal trust land within Western North Carolina.


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We are a program of MountainTrue that advocates for more diverse housing options for our neighbors an

We’re excited to have expressed support for a housing project in Hiawassee, GA that will bring more options for modest size, walkable, affordable homes to a community that desperately needs more housing choices like these. See the reasons why we chose to support this project here: ... See MoreSee Less
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As we support creating more housing options for people with varying needs throughout their lives, we also need to invest in safe modes of navigating our communities. We hope you'll take this NCDOT survey to encourage our state to prioritize safe and accessible mobility choices for seniors and people living with disabilities. Investments in public transportation benefit both the climate and our neighbors who rely on this critical service. Take the survey here: ... See MoreSee Less
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In the spirit of this fence sign seen in Asheville recently, Neighbors for More Neighbors WNC is excited to support both affordable housing as proposed by Haywood St. Congregation and bike/pedestrian improvements for College and Patton streets both on city council’s agenda tonight. This pairing of multimodal infrastructure investment along with dedicated affordable, infill housing is a great way to make room for more neighbors! ... See MoreSee Less
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Poignant piece by Bill McKibbon pointing to housing as a key part of the solution to the climate crisis. "We’re going to have to settle the places that still work with creativity and grace"

We’re excited to have expressed support for a housing project in Hiawassee, GA that will bring more options for modest size, walkable, affordable homes to a community that desperately needs more housing choices like these.

As we support additional housing choices, we also need to invest in safe modes of navigating our communities. Take this NCDOT survey to encourage our state to prioritize safe mobility choices:

I like the tone of this article talking about how allowing for gentle density in New Zealand has helped with housing attainability. It also presents NZ as similar to the US in terms of its land-use history and geography. Maybe we can follow their lead!

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