The Agency’s community home ownership partners faced new obstacles during the pandemic, especially health and safety concerns. Partners adapted by implementing new processes, including the wearing of facial coverings, extensive use of sanitation stations and targeted deployment of skilled labor.
The pandemic’s economic fallout has also been challenging, such as rising costs for land and materials, labor shortages and supply chain issues. The Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity countered rising land costs by adopting a new townhome design, which allowed them to increase home production in communities like Candler, where an abandoned trailer park site was transformed into the attractive Curry Court neighborhood.
Building my own home […] was exhausting and exhilarating and educational. Working with five other Self-Help women over a period of about a year was something that I will always remember for the rest of my life. Many of us became close friends, and we continue to help each other in many ways.”
Lillie Farm Cove Homeowner