Women Build House #13

About the House

TYPE: 2 Bedroom/ 1 Bath

STYLE: Arts & Crafts

HOUSE SIZE: 884 square feet

LOCATION: Lot 5, Arden neighborhood (Jon Kraus Way) off of Beale Road

CONSTRUCTION START: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

STATUS: completed. The house closes October 18.

Meet the Future Homeowners

The Blankenship Family

“Putting our hard work and sweat into a home of our own would be a great life-lesson for my daughter … we would enjoy it more because we built it.”

~from Ashley Blankenship’s application letter

While high school seniors tend to see their diploma as the doorway to adulthood, Ashley Blankenship’s day of reckoning came several months prior in the form of a positive pregnancy test. Right then and there, her plans for the future became irrelevant. Going away to college, living in a dorm, maybe even joining a sorority, all of this seemed silly compared to the responsibility of being a teen mom.

Instead of going to school full time and working on the side, she would have to work full time and attend classes when she could. Instead of moving into a dorm room, she would move into an apartment and assume all of the responsibilities that came with it.  It was a difficult road, but Ashley rose to the challenge and forged ahead.

Now, with those early days behind her, a promising career in banking, and a beautiful daughter by her side, Ashley again started thinking of her future. While she was fortunate enough to qualify for a Section 8 voucher, there was one major drawback. The apartment they rented sat up against a notoriously busy road. With traffic moving at 45 miles per hour right outside their door, the possibility of her daughter playing outside was out of the question.

In response to her mom’s persistent encouragement, Ashley pursued Habitat’s homeownership program. She worked on her credit, applied, and was approved! Ashley and her daughter have been approved to purchase a 2 bedroom/1 bathroom house on Jon Kraus Way in Arden.

Sometimes life demands that you adjust your way of thinking; and sometimes your way of thinking is in perfect harmony with life. Ashley is happy to say that even though she took an indirect path, she wouldn’t change a thing because in the end, that path still led her home!

About the Sponsor

Women Build is a program of Habitat for Humanity International with one mission: to empower women to help families build strength, stability and independence. Habitat believes that women hold a solution in their hands to move children out of substandard housing – one family at a time.

This year’s is the 13th Women Build House built in Buncombe County! The majority of this house is built by women. No experience is necessary to volunteer on the Women Build house.

The sponsors are: “The Three Marthas”The Minigowin Fund; and the community at large.

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