The Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit ministry that builds and sells homes to families in need, recently closed on the purchase of a 4-acre parcel of land in Swannanoa. Habitat plans to build a neighborhood of approximately 15 Arts & Crafts-style homes on the property, which is located off Dennis Street in Beacon Village, on the site of the old ball field.
"Habitat had been looking for a location in the eastern part of the County for quite some time, and we were delighted when this opportunity came along," said Jim Lowder, Development Director at Asheville Area Habitat. "We’re looking forward to building a neighborhood of quality, affordable homes in Swannanoa, and to being a part of the Swannanoa community."
Families who are interested in applying for a Habitat home must meet certain eligibility requirements such as residency, need and ability to pay. Applicants must also be willing to contribute a minimum of 200 hours of "Sweat Equity" at the construction site and in Habitat’s Home Store. Habitat sells homes to approved families at no profit, and there is 0% interest. Mortgage payments typically range from $450 – $550 per month. To find out more about becoming a Habitat homeowner, contact Byron Alday at 210-9370 or visit www.ashevillehabitat.org.
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity has built more than 200 houses in Buncombe County since 1983, and they look forward to "bringing more families home" to Swannanoa soon.
|Proposed site map (subject to change) for Habitat’s Swannanoa build.