• Own your own home.


Home Ownership

Asheville Area Habitat builds affordable, energy-efficient 2, 3 and 4-bedroom houses and townhomes that are sold to qualifying buyers who repay an affordable mortgage. Applicants must qualify based on Residency Status, Need, Ability to Pay, and Willingness to Partner (see below for details).


How to Get Started

To begin the process, download and submit an application. For more details on the home ownership program, potential applicants are encouraged to attend an Information Session (see dates below). The sessions are held at Asheville Area Habitat Administrative Office at 33 Meadow Road. If you have questions or need additional information about applying, please call 828-251-5702.

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*Applications cannot be processed without income documentation.

Qualifications for Homeownership

Following are the basic Homeowner Selection Criteria for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. More details are covered in the Information Sessions.

  • Must have lived and/or worked in Buncombe County for a minimum of 12 months prior to application.
  • Applicants must be legal U.S. residents.
  • Living in overcrowded housing.
  • Living in substandard housing.
  • Paying more than 30% of gross income on rent.
  • Living in temporary, subsidized, or public housing.
  • Each applicant who will be listed on the deed must be willing to perform 200 hours of Sweat Equity.
  • Applicants must be willing to complete a Homebuyer Education program.
  • Appropriate accommodations can be made for families with physical limitations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Rental History: must have paid rent on-time for 12 months prior to applying.
  • Income: must be stable and fall below 70% of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Area Median Income. See chart below.Homeownership Income Guidelines 5.16.19
  • Delinquent Debt: No more than $1,500 in total balances at the time of application.
  • Medical Collections less than three years old: No more than $2,500.
  • Revolving Debt (ie: credit card debt): No more than $2,500 in total balances at the time of application, excluding student loan or automobile loan debt.
  • Bankruptcy: Must wait two years after being discharged.

Note: You cannot qualify for Habitat home ownership if you own a home at the time of application.

Upcoming Information Sessions

The following 1- hour sessions will take place at Habitat’s Administrative Office at 33 Meadow Road, Asheville, NC

Sunday 1/12/20 at 2 pm

Tuesday 1/21/20 at 6 pm

Saturday 2/1/20 at 10am

Wednesday 2/5/20 at 6pm

Sunday 2/16/20 at 2pm

Please note: in the case of inclement weather, Habitat will follow Asheville City School closings.