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Update on Habitat for Humanity’s Swannanoa Plans

As we reported in our October 2010 e-newsletter, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity has purchased a 4-acre parcel of land in Beacon Village that will eventually become home to 17 families.  Recently, Habitat has decided to build those 17 houses consecutively starting in February 2014, rather than undertaking a multi-year phased-build approach starting in 2012, as initially discussed.  This new approach will streamline construction, be less disruptive to the community, and use Habitat’s resources more effectively.Though construction of new homes won’t start for a few years, beginning this summer Habitat will offer A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) services to eligible families.  The new ABWK program offers affordable exterior home improvements such as painting, minor repairs and landscape improvements to low-to-moderate income homeowners in Habitat’s service area.  Participants make a low monthly payment on a 0% interest short-term loan.


Like Habitat’s home ownership program, there are requirements for A Brush With Kindness.  Applicants must own and occupy their home, have homeowner’s insurance, be current on property taxes, and meet income guidelines.  You can learn more about the program or apply for ABWK services, by visiting the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative section of Habitat’s website at


As with new construction, A Brush With Kindness projects will rely heavily on volunteers, sponsors and partners.  There are many ways for the community to get involved.  Businesses, churches and other groups can sign on as ABWK sponsors and volunteers.  Projects usually run just 1-3 days and cost as little as $1,000 to sponsor.  For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please call Betsy Warren at 210-9363 or email


If you’re an individual looking to volunteer on an ABWK project, please send an email to or call 251-5702.


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