The Collosso Family
“Becoming a Habitat homeowner would give us a place to call home that is neither temporary nor so expensive that we cannot afford to raise our family comfortably.”
~from Kerri Collosso’s application letter
Born and raised in Asheville, Kerri Collosso never thought she would see the day when she would no longer be able to afford to live in her hometown. But when the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in Asheville leapt to $1,150 a month, she started to come to terms with the fact that perhaps that day had come.
College educated and employed as a full-time Lead Teller for Wells Fargo, Kerri earned just enough to disqualify her from receiving public assistance, but not enough for a mortgage on her own. Faced with the dilemma of moving away from her family and the support they offered, or paying more than 50% of her monthly income on rent, Kerri chose the latter.
For more than a year Kerri and her partner Keithen tackled the challenge that so many in Asheville face- affording expensive rent while raising a child. While Kerri worked to pay little more than rent, Keithen picked up the slack at home to be there for her son. Then one day, Kerri’s boss mentioned homeownership through Habitat and the rest is history!
Kerri will be able to raise her son in a safe affordable home while still remaining in close proximity to her family. Who said you can’t have it all?