LOCATION: Lot 4, Construction site at Curry Court in Candler
CONSTRUCTION START: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
STATUS: front porch underway
Meet the Future Homeowner
“Intergenerational wealth is what I am working hard to establish for my family. Being able to purchase a home through Asheville Habitat will help me accomplish my goal”. ~ Dewana Little
Dewana Little is a 4th generation Asheville native, a mother of two, and a part-time guardian to her nephew. She is also an agent of change.
As the full-time Business Development Associate for Self-Help Credit Union, Dewana also makes time to address the needs of her community by volunteering as the current Executive Director of YMI Cultural Center. She is the founder of the youth leadership organization, Positive Changes, and serves on the Affordable Housing Advisory Council. She previously sat on the board of Green Opportunities. As an environmentalist, Dewana worked as the Water Quality Educator for Green Works, and was responsible for establishing recycling programs in 5 public housing developments. Dewana is nothing short of a community engagement superheroine.
As much as Dewana does for the community, addressing the varying needs from food, shelter, and employment, it’s now time for Dewana and her family to thrive. Dewana’s outlook for her family remains positive despite the challenges to find safe, affordable housing for her children in Asheville.
As a community leader and professional, Dewana is in the income bracket where she makes too much to qualify for financial assistance and housing programs, but doesn’t make enough or have the credit to qualify in the traditional housing market using traditional financing methods. She has stated the housing that is classified as “affordable” in Asheville and Buncombe County is unaffordable, which has prevented her from achieving her dream of homeownership and the creation of intergenerational wealth for her family.
“Without my acceptance into the Habitat for Humanity homeownership program, I don’t see how I would’ve achieved my dream at a time when me and my family needs it the most,” she said.
About the Sponsor
This house is sponsored by local Presbyterian and United Methodist congregations. This is the 28th year that these two denominations have sponsored a house with Asheville Area Habitat.
The Little Family’s 4 bedroom/2 bathroom townhouse on Curry Court will complete Asheville Habitat’s neighborhood in Candler.