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Since 1983, Asheville Habitat has partnered with more than 1,700 individuals to build better futures though Home Repair and Homeownership programs. However, 1 in 6 Buncombe County households still spend more than half their income to keep a roof over their heads. This is unacceptable.

This is why Asheville Habitat advocates- at the local, state, and federal levels- for smart housing policies that promote access to decent, affordable housing. Join us, and use your voice to change and challenge systems to create a world where everyone has an equal opportunity to decent housing.

Support Asheville City Rental Assistance Today

This current public health crisis is making our housing crisis much worse. Ashevillians who have lost income due to the shutdown risk eviction. With virtually no supply of affordable rental housing pre-COVID, families experiencing housing instability face homelessness or impossible choices that expose them to greater health risks, such as overcrowding and substandard quality.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act offer a unique opportunity to stabilize housing for our most vulnerable neighbors.

Please urge Asheville City Council to invest CDBG-CARES toward targeted rental assistance. Our neighbors should not lose their homes because a public health crisis leaves them without a job.

Find your City officials’ contact info below and please call or email them today. Now more than ever, your voice is needed!

Cost of Home

Across the nation, 1 in 6 households spend half or more of their income on housing. That means, 1 in 6 families are denied the personal and economic stability that safe, decent and affordable housing provides and are forced to make impossible choices. A safe home. Nutritious food on the table. Health care. Access to good schools. Reliable transportation. Which would you choose?

When the cost of home is your family’s future, the cost is too high. And when the cost of home is any family’s future, that’s something none of us can afford. We also know this problem is not just in Western North Carolina, but across the country. That’s why Asheville Area Habitat is joining hundreds of Habitat organizations across the country for our first national advocacy campaign- the Cost of Home.

Family-Friendly Affordable Buncombe

Last year, Family Friendly Affordable Buncombe (FFAB) called for significant new public investments in the intertwined, foundational issues facing families: Early Childhood Education, Housing Affordability, and Transit. Elected leaders at the City of Asheville and Buncombe County stepped up and allocated $4.5 million in new funding to meet the FFAB requests in Fiscal Year 20 (July 2019-June 2020).

Now is the time to build on this momentum for local families. As City and County leaders begin budget preparations for next fiscal year (FY21 begins July 1, 2021), here are the Family Friendly Affordable Buncombe budget recommendations for housing:

Increase the County Housing budget to a minimum $5M ($1.2M increase).

Learn more about FFAB here.

About Advocacy at Asheville Habitat

Advocacy is defined by Habitat for Humanity as “changing policies and systems to eliminate barriers to adequate, affordable housing in order to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” In other words, while not visible like homes themselves, laws, regulations and rules about land and building are a major part of housing. Smart policies and systems can promote access to decent housing, while uninformed policies and systems may create unnecessary barriers, making it harder than it needs to be to find land for construction, build the home itself or be able to afford a place to live. Just like building, advocating for smart policies and systems is a way to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

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Use Your Voice!

If you would like to use your voice to help Habitat and support smart housing policies, please sign up for our Advocacy Alert email list and/or text alerts. These lists enable us to mobilize our supporters to act quickly on issues that are important to our organization and the people we serve. From your mobile phone, text buildlouder to 51555 to register for text alerts. Click below to sign up for the email list.

Past Advocacy Efforts

  • 2017 National Housing Week of Action
  • HOME & CDBG
  • Affordable Housing Crising in Asheville
  • Save HOME Save Service (AmeriCorps) Access to Credit
  • annual North Carolina Legislative Day in Raleigh
  • annual Habitat on the Hill in Washington, D.C.

WNC Resources

The WNC Social Justice Advocacy Guide provides a comprehensive list of resources and allies around Western North Carolina dedicated to addressing social justice. This collection of nonpartisan organizations and nonprofits is for those wishing to learn more about specific issues, to establish connections with other groups, and to peruse volunteer opportunities. The Jubilee! Community’s Social Justice team began this site in 2018.