Interfaith House #18

About the House

TYPE: 3 Bedroom/ 1.5 Bath

STYLE: Arts & Crafts

HOUSE SIZE: 1128 square feet

LOCATION: Lot 4, Habitat’s Creekside jobsite in Shiloh

CONSTRUCTION START: Tuesday, September 6, 2016

STATUS: Closed 3/23/17

Meet the Future Homeowners

The Torres Family

“My daughter deserves to have a nice and safe home to live where she can paint her room
and go in the back yard to play with no worries; a home that is ours.”

~ Elizabeth Torres (future Habitat homeowner)

Elizabeth Torres grew up in Asheville and is thrilled about the opportunity to own a Habitat for Humanity home. She and her daughter, Sikoya, are delighted about the prospect of moving from a very small, temporary rental unit to a safe, permanent and affordable home of their own. Elizabeth works full-time for the State of North Carolina at the Julian F. Keith Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center in Black Mountain.

Elizabeth and her daughter currently live in an aging 2-bedroom apartment. The apartment complex was recently sold and, pending extensive renovation, will be re-designated as temporary housing. When their current lease expires this summer it will not be renewed, so their living situation will be uncertain from one month to the next. Additionally, the 2-bedroom apartment unit will soon be over-crowded as she is expecting a second child in October.

About the Sponsor

A coalition of local Interfaith communities are sponsoring the Interfaith House, the 18th of its kind built in Buncombe County. Congregations in this coalition contribute funds and volunteers to help build the Habitat house.

The history of this sponsorship is significant. Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity was the first known affiliate in the country to bring together such diverse faith groups to sponsor a home. Based in the Christian faith but open to all, the affiliate recognized 18 years ago that there were other groups that hadn’t been involved with Habitat. They reached out to Bahá’í, Jewish, Muslim, Universalist, Unity, Quaker, and even Lutheran and Catholic congregations who hadn’t yet collaborated with Habitat. The coalition that followed was a success, and after September 11th, 2001, more Habitat affiliates around the nation began to use this model as a healing tool in their communities.

Interfaith House #18 Sponsors:

Baha’i Faith Center
Basilica of St. Lawrence
Beth Israel Synagogue
Beverly Hills Baptist Church
Congregation Beth HaTephila
Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community
First Baptist Church of Asheville
First Baptist Church of Weaverville
First Christian Church
First Church of Christ, Scientist
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Jubilee! Community
New Hope Community Church
The Parish of St. Eugene
St. Barnabas Catholic Church
St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley

To offset the cost of purchasing and developing a lot, Habitat has sought out sponsors to “Adopt-a-Lot” for $10,000. This lot is generously sponsored In Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Brown.

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