Below, find answers to the most commonly asked questions
What is Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s Mission?
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
How many houses has Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity built?
We have built more than 310 new houses and repaired nearly 200 existing homes. We plan to build 14 new houses this year and repair/preserve another 40 existing homes in the community.
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 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.
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 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 $135,000 and $153,000. The fair market value of these houses is between $152,000 and $172,500.
Who funds and builds Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity 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 services from Habitat. Services include exterior painting/staining, interior and exterior repairs, floor repair, HVAC work, roof repair 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 Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity 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.
In 2014, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity received Habitat for Humanity International’s Malachi 3:10 Award for surpassing the $500,000 milestone in the tithe program (our cumulative tithe since 1983).
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, ethnicity, creeds and backgrounds to its organization and communities. You do not have to be Christian to volunteer or apply for housing with AAHH.