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 facilitated 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/area selected will be informed by phase 1
  • 10-12 Broad Community Sector Representatives
    • Appointed by City Council and County Commission 
  • 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