House of Faith in memory of Susan Barbour
About the House
TYPE: 4 Bedroom/ 2 Bath
STYLE: One level, single family home
HOUSE SIZE: 1,376 square feet
LOCATION: Lot 38, Construction site at New Heights, off of Old Haywood Rd
CONSTRUCTION START: Tuesday, April 14, 2022
STATUS: exterior wall framing underway
Meet the Homeowner
“We would love to be able to afford a home of our own instead of renting,
and to be able to build equity in that home.”
~ From Jesse and Kayla’s application letter
Jesse and Kayla Coffey believe in working for what they have, but the family of five has long felt financially stuck and overcrowded in their current home. The couple is especially eager to give their three children the security and space of a permanent home and, with their oldest about to start kindergarten, the ability to stay in the same school.
“It is impossible to find decent housing at an affordable price,” they wrote in their application letter. Sixty four percent (64%) of Jesse’s monthly income goes towards their rent. Even with this financial sacrifice, their three children — aged 6 months, 3 and 5 — have little space to play and must share rooms. The couple hoped that a recent raise Jesse received at his landscaping job would ease their burden, but their hope of saving for homeownership diminished when they learned of yet another rent increase.
In purchasing a Habitat home, Jesse and Kayla will give their children space to play and grow, and give themselves the financial freedom to save for their family’s future. In their application letter, the couple’s incredible work ethic shined through in their excitement to build their home and community. “We like the idea of putting as much work as possible into the home ourselves, and feel this in itself would be a source of pride and make it feel even more like our own,” the couple wrote. Jesse is particularly eager to contribute his landscaping skills to his own property, and those of his neighbors. “Contributing time and effort to help other people with the same goal of homeownership would offer quite a bit of satisfaction, and a sense of community.”
About the Sponsor
This 4 bedroom, 2 bath single family home is the 2022 House of Faith and is built in memory of Susan Barbour. Funding for this house comes from the law firm of McGuire, Wood & Bissette in memory of Susan, and from the longtime support of a diverse coalition of faith communities. Local faith organizations have partnered with Asheville Habitat to build 49 homes since 1992. The Adopt-a-Lot sponsor is an anonymous donor.