Our friends are dying on the streets of Asheville and Buncombe County at the rate of 20 people a year. We must do something more! Will you help us join our friends on the streets in their bold vision of home? Help us create a tiny house village with people who are experiencing homelessness or who are housing insecure in 2018!
We have all heard "it takes a village" will you join our village of supporters as we seek to build deeply affordable housing here in Asheville?!
Homelessness stalks the streets of Asheville and Buncombe County.500-600 people on any given night are homeless in our community. And 700 area children face homelessness each year. Our friends on the streets sleep in doorways, at bus stops, behind dumpsters, on benches, in cars. They camp in patches of woods and are subject to trespass tickets even as hotels and luxury condos spring up everywhere. Meanwhile, local people are struggling to find housing that they can afford. We are some 5,000 affordable housing units shy of what we need right now in our community.
Emerging out of BeLoved Asheville's Homeless Voice group, BeLoved Root Down Housing will build a tiny house village that creates equity and dignity for people in need of deeply affordable housing.
We will bring together volunteer labor, recycled materials, and a focus on sustainability to build this vibrant village! Community members will be involved in the designing of the kind of home they wish to live in. Villagers will build the amenities that they want/need including community gathering space, community kitchen, and community gardens. Village residents will share meals regularly, share childcare, grow food together, share community vehicle(s) and bicycles for transportation, and more. Community members will organize themselves through regular residents meetings.
Funds will go toward the purchase of land, materials for houses, and permits. We will need volunteers to help with construction, organizing materials, and resident support. Be a part of the movement as we create the kind of housing we wish to see in Asheville!
One of our friends on the streets said recently: "I have ridiculously huge dreams! "Will you join us in making the ridiculously huge dream of a tiny house village a reality in 2018? Any gift will help!
BeLoved Asheville is a local, volunteer-run organization of people living at the streets and margins of Asheville. We build community together and use our gifts and imaginations to create solutions toward ending homelessness, poverty, and prejudice in Asheville, NC and beyond. For more information or to contact us, visit us on the web at www.belovedasheville.com or in the world at 39 Grove St., Asheville, NC 28801.