Asheville Habitat For Humanity Makes Belinda A Homeowner

Belinda Asheville Homeowner

I’m delighted to share some good, local news – that you made happen. On Friday, June 18, 2020, Belinda Finley purchased the 5th Business Bungalow – a home we usually build every year with the support of our business community. Sixty one businesses and organizations joined together to raise $55,000 for this house, and the Adopt a Lot sponsorship was provided by our friends at Team Browne Keller Williams.


Belinda, who works as a Systems Courier for Mission Hospital, has been renting a modest one-bedroom apartment for her and her son since 1999. Making the most of the space, she turned a converted carport into a makeshift second bedroom, using a sheet for a door. It helped give her more space, but it came at a price with $400 heating bills being a regular part of her winter.


When Belinda was approved for her home purchase in September of 2019, she told us she longed to pay a mortgage instead of renting – and to have reasonable and predictable heating and cooling costs. As a Habitat homeowner, Belinda will say good-bye to the exorbitant electric bill, and hello to a bedroom with a door!

Belinda’s 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom townhome in Candler is certified energy-efficient through System Vision. Their low-cost guarantee means that her heating and cooling cost will not exceed $35/month. What will she do with those savings? She said, “The money I will be saving from having affordable heating, I can put into my savings account. That’s going to mean a lot to me.”

Her home took a bit longer than normal to finish, as we’ve never built in the middle of a pandemic. Without the help of our trusty core volunteers and our sponsoring business groups, building was slow. But yesterday she signed the documents tranferring ownership and moved into her 1296 square foot townhome in our Curry Court neighborhood. Belinda told us, “I love my townhome. It’s like a mansion! In the winter I may run up and down the stairs for exercise!”

Asheville Habitat for Humanity works hard to make sure that people in our community have safety, stability and self-reliance through affordable home ownership. It’s the way that most Americans build wealth, and we are happy to be part of that for our neighbors!

Thanks to all of the following businesses that help make this possible for Belinda (you can see the full list below). We really cannot do this work without your support.

If you’d like to learn more about this build, or inquire about sponsorship or future volunteer opportunities, please let me know! The pictures attached show Belinda in front of her home, doing a socially-distant closing in the parking lot with attorney Kate Madison of Roberts and Stevens, and Belinda getting a congratulatory hug from her mom!

With much gratitude,


With thanks to:

828 Family Pizzeria

828 Market

All Asheville Real Estate LLC

Asheville & Associates Real Estate

Asheville Brewers Alliance

Asheville Fence

Asheville Home Life

Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours

Asheville Staffing Resources

Asheville Yoga Center

Bankers Insurance

Bellwether Builders

Biscuit Head

BlackBird Frame & Art

Blue Ridge Orthodontics


Champion Credit Union

Chiesa LLC

Community Foundation of WNC

Community Foundation of WNC

Culver’s of Arden

Dynamite Roasting Co.

Ginger’s Revenge

Hawthorne Residential Partners LLC

Hilti North America

Hop Ice Cream Café

Ivester Jackson BlackStream Christie’s

JAG Construction

Know Network Risk

Larsenson Land Holdings

LongHorn Steakhouse #5613

Maggie B’s

Mast General Store, Inc.

Maxlite, Inc.

MB Haynes Corporation

Milkco, Inc

Morosani Foundation

Mountain Brook Homes

Native Kitchen & Social Pub

New Morning Ltd.

Omni Grove Park Inn

Platinum Group

Posana Restaurant

Ray Funeral and Cremation Service


Sawhorse Restaurant

Silver-Line Plastics

Simply Home

Starks Financial Group

Steve Trehub Photography

Still Point Wellness

Summit Coffee

Suntrust Foundation

Team Browne – Keller Williams

Terminix Service, Inc.

Twin Hills Structures, PLLC

UpCountry Brewing

Heather Ward – Star House

Weichert Realtors Unlimited

White Labs

Wicked Weed Brewing