About Habitat

Ashe County Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with the people of Ashe County to eliminate substandard housing by building safe, affordable, decent housing for families in need. Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Our goal is building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter in Ashe County.

Ashe County Habitat for Humanity (ACHFH) became an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in October, 2008. Since then, our focus has been on raising community awareness about our organization, raising funds, and building homes. Ashe County Habitat incorporates “green technologies” in our homes to reduce energy costs and to foster good environmental stewardship within the community.

ACHFH has an open-door policy. All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, ACHFH welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.

ACHFH was entirely operated by dedicated volunteers for years and now includes four part-time employees including a Director, Construction Supervisor, ReStore Manager and a ReStore Associate. Together, we work hard to make home ownership a reality for our partner families. The Board of Directors, committee members and volunteers are part-time or full-time residents of Ashe County. To speak with our staff or board members, please call our office at (336) 846-2525 and leave a message.

The most important people associated with Ashe County Habitat for Humanity are the partner families who work with us to make their homes a reality.

These homes are not given away. They are sold to approved applicants. Homebuyers pay low, no-profit, no-interest monthly mortgage payments toward the full ownership of their homes. Moving into and owning a Habitat home improves the quality of life for its residents, not only in their physical surroundings, but also by instilling a sense of pride and responsibility which comes with homeownership.

Housing Specs

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services statistics report that 14.4% of the residents of Ashe County live below the poverty level. There is a definite need for affordable housing in our county, and it is ACHFH’s goal to address that need. Habitat offers a hand up, not a handout.

Ashe County Habitat for Humanity uses monetary donations, proceeds from our ReStore, donated materials,as well as volunteer labor and “sweat equity” contributed by partner families to build homes.