• Bringing people together since 1983

Our Story

About Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

Founded in 1983, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity was the first Habitat affiliate in North Carolina. Through Habitat homeownership and home repair programs, 1,600 adults and children in Buncombe County have achieved the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future. A decent place to call home and an affordable mortgage enables Habitat homeowners to save more, invest in education, pursue opportunities and have greater financial stability.

Our Mission

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Our Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our Values

Collaboration
Opportunity
Dignity
Empowerment

How the Habitat Model Works

  • Habitat offers a hand up, not a hand out.
  • Habitat builds homes and sells them to qualified families at no-profit.
  • Community volunteers help keep costs down.
  • Home buyers must meet qualifications based on need, willingness to partner, and ability to pay
  • Homeowners pay back an affordable mortgage, typically over 30 years
  • Mortgage payments range from $550 to $656/month, depending on the size of the house and family
  • Homeowners also perform a minimum of 200 hours of sweat equity as part of their partnership with Habitat.
  • Donations, sponsorships, grants, homeowner mortgage payments and ReStore proceeds fund our building programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many houses has Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity built?

We have built 325 new houses and repaired more than 230 existing homes.

Who can apply to own an Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity 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 Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity home. Please refer to the Home Ownership 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 an affordable mortgage.

Where does Habitat build?

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s service area is Buncombe County. We are currently finishing a 21-home neighborhood in Arden and have recently started a new 12-home community in Candler.

What kind of houses do you build?

AAHH builds modest 2, 3, and 4 bedroom single family houses designed by local architects that range from 800 to 1,400 square feet in size. In our newest neighborhood, Curry Court in Candler, we will also begin building townhomes (March 2019). Houses are “stick built” (not pre-fabricated) and GreenBuilt certified, reflecting our continued commitment to environmental sustainability. In fact, Asheville Habitat is the largest builder of GreenBuilt certified homes in the state of North Carolina!

What is the cost of a Habitat home in Asheville?

Depending on the size, Habitat houses cost the homeowner between $146,000 and $172,000. The fair market value of these houses is between $191,000 and $210,000.

Who funds Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity houses?

Individuals, businesses, faith communities, civic organizations, foundations, revenue from the Habitat ReStore and mortgage payments from Habitat homeowners all come together to fund Habitat’s building programs.

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 services including exterior painting/staining, interior and exterior repairs, floor repair, HVAC work, roof repair, modifications for accessibility, and more. 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, sponsor, or advocate – please visit our How to Help 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. Habitat for Humanity operates in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries around the world. 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 Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity donate any money to Habitat International?

Asheville Area Habitat tithes on a house-for-house basis. Every time we close a house in Buncombe County, we send designated funds to Habitat for Humanity Int’l to support affiliates in Bangladesh, Guatemala, Malawi, and Haiti. We also contribute to the Orphans and Vulnerable Groups Fund.

Is Habitat a Christian organization?

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (AAHH) 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. Since 1983, Asheville Area Habitat, an independent affiliate of the ecumenical Christian housing ministry Habitat for Humanity International, has welcomed people of all faiths, ethnicity, creeds and backgrounds to its organization and communities. You do not have to be Christian to volunteer or apply for housing with AAHH.

Non-proselytizing policy

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.