THE POWER OF 10
Gen 1 – House #2
About the House
TYPE: 3 Bedroom/ 2 Bath
STYLE: walk out, two story townhome
HOUSE SIZE:1,672 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Lot 33, Construction site at New Heights, off of Old Haywood Rd
CONSTRUCTION START: Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022
STATUS: subcontractor: drywall
Meet the Future Homeowners
“I want a Habitat home to provide a better living place for my kids.”
~ From Karla’s application letter
Meet Asheville Habitat’s future homebuyer, Karla Portillo Zelaya. Karla moved to Asheville in 2018 after first coming from El Salvador as a refugee seeking safety and opportunity. Shortly after, she began working at Ingles where she has remained throughout the pandemic as an essential worker. As a single mother of two young children, Karla hopes to give her children the tools not just to survive, but to thrive.
While Karla has worked hard over the last 4 years to establish stability, the state of Asheville’s housing market has certainly not made it easy. Currently, the family of three shares a 2-bedroom trailer with another relative. As a result, Karla is sharing one bedroom with her two children. She worries that, especially as her children grow, they won’t have enough space to play, or know what it is like to have a space to call their own. Karla has successfully overcome many obstacles in life already, but is still struggling against barriers to access safe, decent, and affordable housing.
By partnering with Habitat, all of that will change, and Karla will own a stable affordable home. Karla will be purchasing a 3-bedroom townhome in New Heights, a diverse, multi-generational, family-friendly neighborhood. Here she will be able to build community, while giving her children space to grow.
About the Sponsor
Karla’s 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom townhome is sponsored by THE POWER OF 10—a group of ten committed donors coming together to sponsor a Habitat home. The Adopt-A-Lot sponsorship is in Memory of Elbert S. Brown, Sr. from the Brown Family.