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? 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

Qualifications for Aging in Place (age 55+) Homeownership Program



  • 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
  • Unable to perform daily activities due to home conditions or accessibility barriers

Willingness to Partner

  • 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 physical limitations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Ability to Pay

  • Rental History: must have paid rent or mortgage*/property taxes on-time for 12 months prior to applying.  *Current homeowners must be willing to sell their home.
  • 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; greater than three years old: no more than $7,500.
  • 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.
  • Income: must be stable and fall between 40% – 80% of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Area Median Income. See chart below.

Homeownership Income Guidelines Aip

Aip Floorplan One Side Ma Design
Aip Townhome Front Elevation

How to Get Started

While we are not accepting applications at this time, we hope to begin accepting applications in the coming months. If you are interested in applying, you must register for our Virtual Information Session. By registering you will be added to our Notification list, and as lots become available, you will be invited to apply. *Viewing the information session is not a requirement for eligibility, however, you must register to be added to the Notification List.  If you do not want to be added to the Notification List, simply write Do Not Notify on the registration page.

Send additional questions to This email is for questions only.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are now available for viewing online at anytime!

Aging in Place Homeownership Information Session

**Due the overwhelming response to our affordable homeownership program, we have temporarily suspended our open application period. When we are able to accept applications again, we will make an announcement on our website. In the meantime, we encourage you to watch our online information session to prepare for the next open application period.** Want to learn more about becoming a homeowner? Fill out the form below and you will be given access to our online information session about Aging in Place, Habitat's affordable homeownership program for adults 55+. This will further explain the qualifications and application process.
  • Name
  • Address
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY

In accepting and rejecting applications, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity must conform to all aspects of the Fair Housing Act and all Fair Housing Laws, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Privacy Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as any local applicable laws as they apply to applications for a mortgage.