• Through shelter, we empower

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Our Impact

70,061

hours of volunteer service in 2019

2,074

tons of usable material diverted from landfills in 2019

1,700

adults and children served since 1983

1,164

donors gave generously in 2019

2,311

volunteers in 2019

$321,240

paid in property taxes by Habitat homeowners in 2018

Success Stories

Impact Celia Story

Self-Reliance

“My dream is to be able to live with dignity, in a safe environment with my son in a home full of love, peace, and harmony,” Celia said.
Celia grew up with a her mother and five siblings in El Salvador in a home with earthen floors and no roof. When Celia grew up, she came to the U.S. to provide a better life for herself and her son. Coming to another country without guarantee of a job, while speaking very little English, was frightening. But she overcame every challenge that came her way, finding a stable job in Asheville and then found Asheville Habitat’s Homeownership program. Celia is now the proud owner of an energy-efficient two bedroom/1 bath home in Arden.

Kenneth, Asheville Veteran

Stability

Newcomers and longtime residents live side by side on Dalton Street, a close-knit community. Since 2014, Army veteran Kenneth Ray and his brother, have lived in the home where he and his siblings grew up. Their roots run deep in the Kenilworth community, where the Ray family has resided since before the Civil War.

Kenneth’s next-door neighbor, Ms. Ridley, is elderly, and he mows her grass and helps her walk from her car. So when he saw a van pull up one morning and strangers began digging holes in her yard, he had to check and see what was going on.

That’s when Kenneth learned about Asheville Habitat’s Home Repair program and applied to become a client himself. In addition to replacing the roof, our Home Repair team built a ramp to help Kenneth’s brother get in and out of the home; installed new floors, countertops and vent hood in the kitchen; upgraded the electrical panel; made the bathroom wheelchair-accessible, and more.

Community like this is a hard thing to replicate and it’s a main reason many homeowners want to remain in their own homes as they age. Habitat’s Home Repair program makes that possible. With the improvements made to Kenneth’s home, he now has stability and the chance to keep a well-maintained home in his family. “Dirt is an investment,” Kenneth said. “something that can be passed down for generations.”

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Safety

In 2015, when Carol and his wife Elsa bought their Swannanoa home, the 22nd Presbyterian-Methodist House, it meant a sense of safety. They no longer had to stay in a motel to avoid neighborhood violence. As Carol’s dementia worsened, their home was the stability and safety they needed as Elsa began taking care of him full-time. The single floor living, as well as rooms and a back porch offering peace and quiet became critical for Carol providing care and a safe environment. Elsa is grateful for the strong foundation an affordable home has provided her, to care for her husband, while still finding time to bake brownies for the neighborhood children.

“I prayed to God for a house, a home of our own. To know that this is our own- is a miracle, ” Elsa said.

Where we build – locally

Asheville Habitat has built and repaired homes across Buncombe County since 1983. See map below.

Where we build – globally

Asheville Habitat’s work and impact extends beyond the borders of Buncombe County. In addition to building homes in Madison County and McDowell County as part of the SECU-Habitat Mountains to the Sea Challenge, Asheville Habitat has also supported Habitat for Humanity’s disaster relief efforts, domestically and internationally.

A leader in tithe for affiliates our size, we have tithed more than $600,000 to Habitats in other areas of the world, in support of the global mission. Currently, we support Habitat Guatemala, Habitat Ethiopia, and the Orphans and Vulnerable Groups (OVG) Fund.

In addition to sending tithe dollars, we also coordinate Global Village (GV) Builds to work with Habitat affiliates overseas. Over the years, we have taken numerous trips to Guatemala and a 2020 a team traveled to Ethiopia to build.

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.