Aging in Place: a homeownership opportunity for seniors
WHAT IS IT? Aging in Place (AIP) is Asheville Habitat’s new affordable homeownership program for aging adults (age 55+). These single-level AIP townhomes will be built with Universal Design features including bathroom grab bars, zero steps, and other design details that enable homeowners to age with safety and dignity. The design and construction of these Aging in Place homes is possible through our partnership with and the generosity of Deerfield Charitable Foundation and the Board and Residents of Deerfield Retirement Community.
WHERE IS IT? Aging-in-Place townhomes are built into Habitat’s subdivision-style neighborhoods. Each neighborhood is a mix of Aging-in-Place units, townhomes, and single-family homes, creating a multigenerational community.
WHY AIP? Older adults (age 55+) comprise 20% of Buncombe County’s population but have limited access to affordable housing options designed to meet their needs. Coordinator for Buncombe County Aging Plan Alison H. Climo shared, “Neither the current housing stock nor the booming development of new housing matches the expressed desire among older and aging residents to age in place. Buncombe County needs housing options that are affordable but also accessible to enable people of all ages, and all people as they age, to remain in the home of their choice.”
TELL ME MORE: Specifically designed for and sold to qualified older adults, Habitat’s AIP housing model will include universal design elements such as:
- An at-grade or ramped entrance to the main floor or the capability to easily install a ramp
- Entry doorways and passageways at least 36″ wide
- A bathroom that will accommodate a wheelchair in a 365-degree circle
- One-level living that includes a full bath, kitchen, laundry, living space and 1+ bedroom
- Additional occupant-specific accommodations