• Through shelter, we empower

    A man holding his daughter

Our Impact

70,721

hours of volunteer service in 2018

1,800

tons of usable material diverted from landfills in 2018

1,600

adults and children served since 1983

1,229

donors gave generously in 2018

2,350

volunteers in 2018

$322,000

paid in property taxes by Habitat homeowners in 2018

Safe, stable housing

“She’s got a great place to play, with kids. She’s got a place to paint her sea shells. I think it makes her feel more secure. It definitely makes me feel more secure.” – Holt, Habitat homeowner

Success Stories

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Education

Tikisha’s story

Tikisha wanted something better, a stable place to raise her family. Because her rent increased when her income increased, she one day found herself paying market rent for an apartment in public housing. While the rental unit itself was ok, it was located on a very busy street. She craved a place that would be reliably affordable, a place where she could plant a garden, a place with less traffic, and a place not subject to invasive inspections. She craved a place to call HOME. When her son Terrell was four years old, she purchased a Habitat house. “You have a whole different outlook when you own a home,” said Tikisha, a homeowner since 2001 who rests easy knowing that her home is hers and will remain affordable.

On the foundation of a safe and stable home, her son Terrell (now age 21) developed into a star student, participated in the marching band, and served as a volunteer youth attorney while in high school. “I have not forgotten my younger years in life, living in public housing, with no backyard or safe place to play,” Terrell wrote in his college entrance essay. A safe neighborhood and a quiet place for studying were exactly what the self-motivated young boy needed to thrive. Currently, studying abroad in New Zealand, he is a political science and environmental studies major at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon.

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Stability

Tim & Jenny’s story

Tim is a local chef and artist contributing to Asheville’s award-winning cultural vitality. But he, his wife Jenny, and their three children moved seven times in the past nine years trying to stay ahead of rising rents. Finally, they made the tough choice to share the cost of housing with a roommate. That was not the life they had envisioned for their children, but what other choice do they have? They could move further away from the city they love and give so much to, but that means higher transportation costs and more school disruption for their children.

Then Jenny and Tim found Habitat and built a home with space for their family. As Jenny describes, it’s “a home that our children will have fond memories in and not just a blur of different houses.”

Ourimpact Safety 360x360

Safety

Judy and PupPup’s story

Judy and her Daschund “PupPup” found themselves confined to the living room and small bedroom of her 1924 bungalow each winter, gleaning what little warmth would come from the old, inefficient stove. Towels were rolled up under doors and plastic covered windows. Pots and pans collected rainwater from the leaking roof. Things changed when Habitat’s Home Repair program made it possible – and affordable – for Judy to get a new furnace and a new roof. “Pup Pup and I were up all night just walking from room to room. Why? Just to feel the heat. My heart is so full. All I can say is Thank You.”

Where we build

Where Asheville Habitat has built and repaired homes since 1983.

Benefits of Homeownership

Homeownership has been proven to increase graduation rates, improve children’s good health, and grow families’ net wealth as well as decrease behavioral problems in children and reduce asthma. Learn more…

Annual Report & Financials

The Habitat business model is one of financial sustainability. Thanks to significant volunteer support, construction costs are kept low and Habitat is able to sell new houses to qualified families at no-profit. Homeowners pay back an affordable mortgage over 30 years and all mortgage (and home repair) payments go into our building program budget, creating a perpetual endowment of sorts. The ReStore also generates sustainable income for our building programs.

Mortgage payments and ReStore proceeds account for approximately 25% of the revenue we need to acquire and develop land, build new houses and repair existing homes. We also need and depend on financial support from individuals, businesses, faith communities, foundations and government funding sources to successfully carry out our capital-intensive work.