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Housing Programs

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


  • A completed copy of the proposed 2024 Annual Plan is available here


The goal of Foothills Regional Commission’s Section 8 housing division is to provide safe, decent affordable housing for the residents of Region C by providing rental assistance for decent, safe and sanitary housing needs.

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.

Interim Change Form

Tenant Request to Move Form

Tenant Request to Port Form

Tenant Information Form

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 2024 Fair Market Rent Rates and Income Limits

FRC Income Limits

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.  Housing Counselors will be available by phone and email during office hours.


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.  to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing by providing rental assistance.  

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  Cleveland, 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).

Family Self-Sufficiency Program

Active clients are encouraged to participate in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, which uses public and private resources to help residents gain employment, education and job training to achieve self-sufficiency.  The Family Self-Sufficiency Program also offers a financial incentive to families that is income driven to grow an escrow account to help residents save money over a five year period and prepare for Home Ownership

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.