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Housing Programs


  • A completed copy of the proposed 2023 Annual Plan is available here

Foothills Regional Commission Section 8 Admin Plan 2021 is available here


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.

Tenant Information Forms

Please Click or Download forms below as needed. You may print and return to your local Housing Office or Complete and email to your Housing Counselor.

Tenant Forms:

Interim Re-Exam Request

Tenant Information Form


Updated Application

Tenant Request to Move Form

Utility Allowance Form

Click here to view the Approved Annual Plan for the Fiscal Year beginning 07/01/2023.

Foothills Regional Commission | Representing Cleveland, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford Counties in North Carolina

Click here to be taken to the Isothermal Housing Task Force page


Latest News and Resources

Isothermal Region FY 2020 Fair Market Rent Rates and Income Limits

FRC Income Limits


County Fair Market Rates by Unit Bedrooms

Landlord Information During COVID-19

Changes to Shelby Housing Office

Effective Monday, July 20, 2020, the Shelby Housing Office will be relocating to the Main Office at Isothermal Planning and Development Commission located in Rutherfordton, NC.

Housing Office Announces New Hours of Operation


Effective January 1, 2023 we will begin interactions with Clients in Housing from Monday to Thursday, 8:30 to 5:00 at the Rutherfordton office, located at 111 West Court Street. The office will be closed on Friday to the public.  The Marion Office will be by mail only until further notice. Anyone entering the office will be required to wear a mask. Housing Counselors will be available by phone and email during office hours.

Results from First Annual Isothermal Housing Summit, November 2019

The Foothills Regional Commission held its first Regional Housing Summit on November 7, 2019 at the Rutherfordton Club House. Please click below to see the updated regional data.

To Learn more about the Housing Task Force and Housing Data here in the Isothermal Region, go to our Housing Data Page [See More]


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.

To access our application system and to see if we are currently accepting applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, click here or visit


Updates & Forms

  • 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)-748-0469 or (828)-351-2372

 The Main Housing Office, serving Rutherford, Polk, and McDowell Counties, is located at 111 W Court St Rutherfordton, NC 28139 (the entrance is around back, at the parking lot between Rutherfordton Town Hall and the building – under the green awning).


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 click here.