Buncombe County residents with the goal of improving their housing situation in 2020 should explore Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s affordable homeownership program.
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity (AAHH) is an Equal Opportunity Housing provider that serves local residents who earn 70% or less of AMI (Area Median Income) and who meet other program qualifications. Detailed information is available at ashevillehabitat.org or by calling (828) 251-5702.
According to the Bowen National Research Group, nearly 18,000 local renter households pay “disproportionately high shares of their income towards housing.” Approximately 46% pay more than 30% of their income on housing, and over 19% pay more than 50%.
AAHH has scheduled a series of one-hour information sessions for individuals and families who are cost burdened by housing and ready to move from renter to homeowner this year. The sessions will take place at Habitat’s Administrative Office at 33 Meadow Road in Asheville. Those who want one-on-one application assistance following the session should bring proof of income with them; otherwise they may do so by appointment.
The information sessions will take place at the following dates and times:
- Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 2 p.m.
- Tuesday, January 21 at 6 p.m.
- Saturday, February 1 at 10 a.m.
- Wednesday, February 5 at 6 p.m.
- Sunday, February 16 at 2 p.m.
Asheville Habitat will also participate in The WNC Affordable Housing Fair on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Pack Memorial Library.
Did you know?
Habitat mortgage payments come to approximately $635/month, depending on house and family size. For most Habitat homeowners, their monthly mortgage payment is less than they had paid in rent.
Homeowners contribute at least 200 hours of sweat equity (volunteer service) as part of their partnership with Habitat. This includes helping to build their home, the homes of their neighbors, volunteering in the ReStore, and taking homeownership preparation classes like Manage Your Money and Basic Home Maintenance.
Asheville Habitat provides a hand up to people who are working hard to build better futures for themselves and their families. The cost of home should be something everyone can afford, and when more of our neighbors have safe, stable and affordable housing, everyone wins.
About Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
Founded in 1983, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity was the first Habitat affiliate in North Carolina. Through Habitat homeownership and home repair programs, nearly 1,700 adults and children in Buncombe County have achieved the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build a better future. A decent place to call home and an affordable mortgage enables Habitat homeowners to save more, invest in education, pursue opportunities and have greater financial stability.
Learn more about Asheville Area Habitat, a Charity Navigator 4-star non-profit, and how you can get involved at ashevillehabitat.org.