Posts Tagged ‘Mountain Housing Opportunities’
Posted in Community Development, Economic Development, Pollinate Collaborations Project, tagged fundraising gift registry, Housewarming Party, Mountain Housing Opportunities on November 15, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Listen to jazz, eat, drink and be merry while you support neighbors in need. Hosted by Mountain Housing Opportunities, The Housewarming Party benefits MHO’s Affordable Housing + Emergency Home Repair programs that serve underprivileged families in Buncombe County. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages from The Merry Wine Market and New Belgium Brewery, and entertainment from the Butch Quisto Jazz Quartet comprise this charitable evening. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 30. Tickets cost $55 per person, $100 per couple. For more, visit www.mtnhousing.org or call (828) 254-4030.
IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND (you can still help)–this is clever!
Throughout the holiday season and during the event, an online gift registry lets you donate housewarming gifts, including: as little as $2.50 for a roof shingle and up to as much as you like for appliances, furnaces, and more, that go directly to those in need. It’s just like a wedding registry, and can fit any budget—if we all give a little, it can go a long way. So, if you can’t make it to this event, please consider a donation of any amount here—there is no amount too small.
Posted in Arts & Thoughts Artistic, Community Development, Pollinate Collaborations Project, tagged Doors of Asheville Art Auction, Home Trust Bank, Mountain Housing Opportunities, The Venue on September 7, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
The 8th annual Doors of Asheville Art Auction is Friday, September 9, 2011, and is presented by HomeTrust Bank and Mountain Housing Opportunities at The Venue at 21 N. Market Street in downtown Asheville. Guests will enjoy: live bidding on works from regional artists, delicious hors d’oeuvres, fine wines and local beer as well as live swing music. The auction begins at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased online, or by calling 828-254-4030, ext. 116. All proceeds from the event benefit emergency home repairs for seniors, single parents and underserved populations in Buncombe County.
Posted in Community Development, Education & Knowledge Sharing, Pollinate Collaborations Project, tagged build your own home, Mountain Housing Opportunities, self-help home ownership on September 22, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Moutain Housing Opportunity’s Self-Help Homeownership program provides families and individuals in Buncombe County with low or moderate income an opportunity to achieve homeownership. The program makes owning homes affordable by allowing families to contribute “sweat equity” construction hours to reduce the cost of their homes. A group of qualifying families work together to build their homes under the guidance of an MHO construction supervisor.
The Self-Help Homeownership Program consists of single family home developments located in rural areas of Buncombe County that are attractive, affordable, and as near as possible to schools, shopping and places of employment.
Home mortgages are arranged through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Interest rates vary according to a family’s need and can go as low as one percent. The value of a family’s labor is used as the down payment on the new home.
The Self-Help Homeownership program improves lives by building affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods.
Interested? Get more information. Or call Coryn at 254-4030, who is a self-help homeowner and now works at MHO! She can tell you all about the process.
Posted in Community Development, Pollinate Collaborations Project, tagged Asheville, Glen Rock Depot, Mountain Housing Opportunities, multi-use development, workforce housing on July 7, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
The number to call to schedule an appointment is 828.225.3081.
Posted in Community Development, Pollinate Collaborations Project, tagged affordable housing, Cindy Weeks, Jess McCuan, Mountain Housing Opportunities, Verve Magazine on July 1, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Cindy Weeks knows her clients well. Probably because she was once one of them. Today, Weeks, 56, is the picture of the polished white-collar professional—well dressed, well educated, pulling up to her North Asheville home in a Subaru. But her life didn’t always look like this. In her mid-20s, Weeks was a single mother with two toddlers, waitressing at an upscale club near a racetrack in urban Pittsburgh. Her four-year marriage had fallen apart, and she was nearly evicted from her home. It was sometime during this rocky period that she realized waitressing simply wouldn’t cut it. She couldn’t survive, much less support her children well. “There is this other world out there,” she recalls thinking. “I need to set my life up so that it works better than this.”
Mountain Housing Opportunities (MHO) invites artists to participate in the 7th Annual Doors of Asheville Auction, an opportunity for artists to stretch their boundaries and create artwork to help MHO open doors to affordable home ownership and strengthen our community. This year’s Doors of Asheville is a juried event and your artwork must fall into the description listed below. The artist application deadline is Tuesday, July 6th. Chosen artists will be notified by July 20th. If chosen, your artwork will need to be submitted by September 20th. The Doors of Asheville event will take place on Friday, November 5, at The Venue in Asheville.
What are the entry requirements?
- Artwork Inspired by Houses or Homes
- Any media that portrays houses or homes, including art that supports the mission and work of Mountain Housing Opportunities
All selected artists receive a $100 honorarium along with $300 for any piece that sells for more than $1500 at the Auction on November 5th. Twenty-five artists will be selected by a jury of art professionals. Artists should submit a small proposal indicating their preliminary design concepts, a biography, one to three images of their work and a website address (if applicable). You can download an application form here.
You may email the application to Lisa Keeter email@example.com, fax the form to 828-254-0124 or mail to 2010 Doors of Asheville, Mountain Housing Opportunities, 64 Clingman Avenue, Suite 101, Asheville, NC 28801. Please call 828-254-4030, ext. 116, if you have any questions.
Posted in Community Development, Pollinate Collaborations Project, tagged Cindy Weeks, commercial space, Glen Rock Depot, MHO, Mountain Housing Opportunities, River Arts District, Southside on June 8, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
The Glen Rock Depot is a multi-use development among the River Arts District and the Southside neighborhood. It includes three buildings. 372 Depot, the new, multi-use building has 9,000 SF of commercial storefront space.
Picture your business serving those living in the 60 apartments upstairs as well as the South French Broad/Livingston/Southside neighborhood. Current tenants include:
The Magnetic Field, a coffee and performance house
Evolve: World Dance Studio
A Salon, A Restaurant, Jen Swearington’s studio and retail space, and a soap-making studio and retail space. Cindy Weeks, of Mountain Housing Opportunities, tells us more here.
For more information: www.GlenRockDepot.com
Posted in Community Development, Education & Knowledge Sharing, Pollinate Collaborations Project, tagged Brandon Meyer, Cox-Schepp, Green Opportunities, job creation, Mountain Housing Opportunities on June 3, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Until recently, Brandon Meyer was a young man without a compass. A young man without direction. All that changed when a trio of organizations entered Brandon’s life: Mountain Housing Opportunities, Asheville Green Opportunities (Asheville GO), and Cox-Schepp Construction, Inc.
The connection between all of these organizations began with Cindy Weeks, Manager of Community Investments with Mountain Housing Opportunities.
“Because of MHO’s interest in helping young people gain living wage employment, I have always encouraged training in the construction trades, which offers some of the highest paying jobs in our region,” said Weeks. “When GO started, I was immediately interested in involving them and their trainees in the Glen Rock Depot, since it is a community development project with affordable housing. It very quickly became a reality. But without Cox-Shepp’s willingness to take this on, in addition to their many pressing duties, it would not have been possible.”
Brandon is part of the Asheville Green Opportunities Training Team, a paid job training and placement program designed to give disconnected youth in the Asheville community a living wage job in the fast growing green economy.
“ We work with high school dropouts, underprivileged teens, kids with little or no work experience,” said GO co-founder Dan Leroy. “Brandon is part of the apprenticeship program that is hosted by local businesses that provide on-the-job experience for 20 weeks.”
Russ Henningsen is Superintendent of Cox-Schepp Construction, Inc. He’s also Brandon’s supervisor.
“We made sure that Brandon understood that he was part of a team here,” said Henningsen. “People counted on him to not let them down. In reality,” continued Henningsen, “he’s learned how to not let himself down.”
Brandon has learned a variety of job responsibilities during his apprenticeship – from installing solar panels to assisting carpenters. “We’re trying to get him prepared for the rest of his life,” said Henningsen.
“The experience has been awesome,” said twenty-one year old Brandon. “I’ve learned a lot and I’ve been given opportunities that I never would have had. I’m so grateful to MHO and GO and the Cox-Schepp team.”
Brandon’s apprenticeship with the construction company is nearly finished. But Brandon won’t be leaving. Cox-Schepp will be hiring Brandon after the program ends – a new man, with a new direction.
Article by Lisa Keeter, Mountain Housing Opportunities