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+). With generous support from local retirement community, Deerfield, Habitat will build single-level townhomes featuring universal design elements such as at-grade entrances, wide door frames, and wheelchair accessible bathrooms, for qualified aging adults to purchase.
WHERE IS IT? The townhomes will be located in Asheville Habitat’s new neighborhood in West Asheville, New Heights. Just 6 miles from downtown, this community will also include single family homes and two-story townhomes, making it a place where 98 households of all ages and backgrounds will build strong, stable futures.
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