Elevation Church House

  • Andersen

About the House

TYPE: 2 Bedroom/ 1 Bath

STYLE: Single family home

HOUSE SIZE: 884 square feet

STATUS:

Meet the Future Homeowners

“I’m ready to invest into a house that will be ours to own and care for. I want to help build it with my own hands, and help my neighbors build their homes too!”

~ From Stina’s application letter

Habitat’s newest homebuyer, Stina Andersen has lived in Asheville for more than 17 years. Over those years, she has grown to love the area, and has become deeply invested in the community of artists and small business owners throughout town. Strengthened by shared passion and community support, Stina has worked hard to establish her own local business, where she provides tailoring services, creates her own designs, and teaches sewing lessons.

Stina has accomplished stability in her small business income, which is no small feat. However, that work has not translated into security in housing, as rents increase every year, making it a struggle just to keep up. Stina and her daughter have had to pick up and move almost every year, due to the perils of renter-ship, such as changing costs and fickle landlords. She worries that without the stability of homeownership, she won’t be able to stay in Asheville or send her daughter off to university in a few years.

Stina looks forward to living in a neighborhood, rather than an apartment on a busy road, and building community. The financial security and relief from having to move each year will help her better support her family and grow her small business. Stina will be purchasing a 2-bedroom Habitat home in Arden, which was previously owned by another Habitat homeowner, and is being renovated to brand-new standards. By re-purchasing Habitat homes, our affiliate is able to preserve Asheville’s affordable housing stock, and continue to make affordable homeownership a reality for more people.

About the Sponsor

Stina’s future home is sponsored by Elevation Church.