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Help Deliver the Gift of Home

Nov 14, 2023 | News

The need for affordable housing has never been greater and Mountain Housing Opportunities is scaling our work to meet this challenge. We know that truly lasting impacts of safe, stable, affordable housing begin once our construction and repairs are complete. The real transformation starts once families move in or when people can stay healthy and thrive in the homes they already own. These transformations happen thanks to our supporters like you. 

You deliver dignity to neighbors like Judy, a retired nurse who became disabled after a fall. Widowed and living alone, Judy faced mounting needs for costly repairs to her home she’s owned for over 60 years. Unable to afford the repairs, Judy was afraid of what would happen to her and to her home. After connecting with our Essential Home Repair program, MHO replaced the sewer line, updated broken fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen, installed a new water heater, and made repairs to electrical wiring damaged in a lightning strike. Judy, who is almost 82, shared that the repairs made her “proud” and that she now felt safe in her home.

 

You build hope for new homeowners like Niesha, a healthcare professional and Asheville native who grew up in foster care. Despite being mortgage-ready since 2020, Niesha watched as housing prices rose by double-digit percentages. She felt like she was losing the opportunity to find a home she could afford. Thanks to a boost from MHO’s Down Payment Assistance program, Niesha recently purchased her first home through MHO’s Turn-Key program and is now the proud owner of townhome that MHO built in the Cherry Blossom Cove community in Swannanoa. Niesha finally achieved her lifelong dream of owning a home of her very own, which she shares with one of her three sons and her young granddaughter, Ari. Read Niesha’s full story here.

You foster opportunity and create transformation for residents like Whitley, a mom, entrepreneur, and survivor of domestic violence. Another Asheville native, Whitley is a resident of the newly-revitalized Maple Crest Apartments. After surviving a severe assault, Whitley founded her own business, WNC Gems, to help others address trauma, build resilience, and start healing. Whitley serves as a resident leader at Maple Crest and is passionate about engaging her neighbors in activities that promote health, safety, and pride in the community. This summer, Whitley planned and led two successful engagement events at Maple Crest: a neighborhood clean-up day and a back-to-school event focused on youth empowerment. Whitley continues her work as an advocate and healer, and will be representing MHO and the region at a national conference for resident leaders in 2024.

These are just a handful of people whose stories illustrate what we know about the transformative power of housing: that all of us thrive when people in our community have a safe, stable, affordable place to call home. 

When you support MHO, you inspire dignity, build hope, foster opportunity, and create transformation in the lives of people who benefit from affordable housing and equitable paths to homeownership. And who benefits? ALL OF US!

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THE NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER IN THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE.

Mountain Housing Opportunities is scaling our work to meet this challenge.

MHO has more than 340 affordable apartments planned or in construction in Arden, Waynesville, West Asheville, and East Asheville. We recently acquired 75 affordable apartments serving neighbors with disabilities and behavioral health needs, preserving the long-term affordability of these much-needed supportive housing units. MHO has built or preserved 1,421 units of affordable housing in the region – and that number continues to grow.

We create equitable paths to homeownership through Downpayment Assistance and the construction and sale of new affordable homes. This summer, six families moved into their new homes they built together in Enka-Candler through our Self-Help Homeownership program. Six more families will start construction on their homes in the same community this fall. MHO recently completed construction of 12 townhomes in Swannanoa, creating a dozen new affordable homeownership opportunities. And in 2024, MHO will break ground on Pentland Hills in Leicester. Once complete, Pentland Hills will feature 68 new affordable houses and will be home to nearly 300 residents.

We help people stay healthy and housed with Essential Home Repair. MHO has provided nearly 5,000 health- and safety-related repairs to vulnerable homeowners who can’t afford to repair or replace their heating, plumbing, roofing, flooring, septic, and electrical systems. The program also ensures accessibility and the ability to age in place by installing ramps, railings, and grab bars. Essential Home Repair improves quality of life, preserves affordable housing, and prevents displacement and homelessness. This year, we are on track to serve more than 150 people through Essential Home Repairs and our waitlist for these services continues to grow.

If you are able, please support MHO with a gift this season or become a monthly donor and help fuel local affordable housing efforts year-round! Your donation stays local and helps create, preserve, and revitalize affordable homes right here in western North Carolina. Thank you for helping to deliver on the promise of home this holiday season – and for many years to come.

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