Frequenty Asked Questions

What is your mission?

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity (AAHH) is a non-profit ministry that fosters community by partnering with qualified families and individuals to build new houses and preserve existing homes.

 

How many houses has AAHH built?

We have completed 252 houses.  We plan to build 14 new houses this year, as well as repair/preserve another 25-30 existing homes in the community.

 

Who can apply to own an AAHH home?

Anyone who is 18 years of age or older and has the legal capacity to enter into a binding contract may apply for an AAHH home.  Please refer to the Homeownership page for details.

 

Do you give the houses away?

Habitat is not a give-away program. It is a “hand-up, not a hand-out”.  Habitat homeowners pay back the cost of their house through a no-profit and no-interest loan.

 

Where does Habitat build?

AAHH builds only in Buncombe County.  Currently we are building a 17-house subdivision in Swannanoa.

 

What kind of houses do you build?

AAHH builds modest 2, 3, and 4 bedroom houses that range from 800 to 1,400 square feet in size.  Houses are “stick built” (not pre-fabricated) and meet or exceed Energy Star Home Certification standards.  All new AAHH homes are GreenBuilt NC-certified, reflecting our continued commitment to environmental sustainability and "green building".  All AAHH houses have been designed by local architects.

 

What is the cost of a Habitat home in Asheville?

Depending on the size, Habitat houses cost the homeowner between $115,000 and $135,000.  The fair market value of these houses is between $145,000 and $170,000.

 

Who funds and builds AAHH Habitat houses?

Individuals, businesses, faith communities, civic organizations, foundations and the Habitat ReStore all come together to fund and build Habitat houses.  Mortgage payments from Habitat homeowners are recycled into the funding of additional Habitat houses.  Visit Our Partners to learn more.

 

Do you have any other housing programs?

Yes!  We also offer an affordable Home Repair program for low-income homeowners in Buncombe County.  Through this program, folks who already own their own home but are having trouble maintaining it, can apply for help from Habitat.  Services include painting, staining, interior and exterior repair, power-washing and modifications for accessibility.  Visit the Home Repair page for complete details.

 

How can I get involved with your work?

To explore the many ways to contribute to Habitat - as a volunteer, donor, partner or advocate - please visit our Get Involved page.

 

What is your connection to Habitat for Humanity International?

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry.  HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.  There are more than 2,100 active affiliates in 100 countries, including all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.  We share a name and a vision with Habitat for Humanity International, but we are an independent corporation governed by a local board of directors.

 

Does AAHH Habitat donate any money to Habitat International?

Asheville Area Habitat tithes on a house-for-house basis.  For the 14 houses Asheville Area Habitat will build in Buncombe County this year, we fund the building of 14 Habitat houses across five other countries: Bangladesh, Guatemala, Egypt, Malawi, and Haiti.  This designated money is sent through Habitat International. 

 

Is Habitat a Christian organization?

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. works to ensure that every family in Buncombe County has a safe and decent house by offering affordable homeownership and home preservation opportunities for qualified families. Believing in “a hand up, not a hand out” Habitat’s program includes families contributing “sweat equity” in partnership with community volunteers coming together to build and preserve homes. New houses are sold to families at no profit, with a 0% interest rate on the loan. Habitat's repair program offer low-income homeowners affordability by utilizing volunteers and extending 0% interest financing on a short-term loan. Since 1983, Asheville Area Habitat, an independent affiliate of the ecumenical Christian housing ministry Habitat for Humanity International, has welcomed people of all faiths, ethnicities, creeds and backgrounds to its organization and communities.  You do not have to be Christian to volunteer or apply for housing with AAHH.