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Our Strategic Priorities

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We believe everyone deserves a safe and affordable home.  Be it owning or renting a home, or seeking safe shelter, we will work with local, state and federal partners to support creation of safe shelter and affordable homes for all.  We believe that health and wellness begins when people are safely and affordably housed.

Affordable housing is in extremely short supply in Western North Carolina, so we are working to preserve and add to available housing stock. Numerous area partners bring strengths, expertise and assets to this work. In many cases, Dogwood will play the role of bridge funder, loan guarantor or equity partner rather than simply writing a grant check. This helps increase our impact in the region while preserving grant funds for other strategic purposes.

Our vision for the next several years is to create at least one affordable or workforce housing project in every county we serve. That work is just getting started, but we’ve already invested in several exciting projects.

McDowell County Affordable Housing Development
We are contributing $204,000 in grants, $100,000 in pre-development costs, and up to $18.85 million in loan guarantees, letters of credit and equity contributions to support a collaborative effort among Housing Assistance Corporation, Gateway Wellness Foundation, McDowell County, McDowell Technical Community College, McDowell Economic Development Association and the City of Marion to develop workforce housing in Marion, NC. Gateway Wellness Foundation is contributing land for this project that was gifted to them by McDowell County and McDowell Technical Community College, as well as up to an additional $500,000 short-term letter of credit. Housing Assistance Corporation serves as the primary developer. 

The new housing complex will be located alongside the campus of McDowell Technical Community College in Marion and will provide 168 units through one, two and three-bedroom options, serving residents at 80 -120% of the average Area Median Income (AMI). The project is expected to generate nearly $20 million in economic activity while utilizing local vendors, suppliers and trades both during construction and afterwards for ongoing property management. 

Oklawaha Housing Development Project
Dogwood is assisting Housing Assistance Corporation in the addition of eight affordable units to an existing HAC-supportive housing development in Henderson County, The Cottages of Oklawaha.

ARPA Advantage RFP

Dogwood Health Trust is requesting proposals from counties, municipalities, and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians located in our 18-county service region in Western North Carolina, including the Qualla Boundary, who would like to leverage the American Rescue Plan Act funds that they are investing in affordable housing.


Mountain Projects

Mountain Projects started in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty through community action agencies. Since that time, the organization has significantly grown and diversified, existing to help people help themselves and make their community a better place to live. They do this through a collection of 21 programs from Head Start to senior resources and transportation to housing, including the Smoky Mountain Housing Partnership.



Located in Asheville and serving the counties of Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Transylvania and Madison, Eblen Charities assists families and individuals in the community during times of crisis and hardship in the areas of medical, financial and emergency need. The organization serves about 12,000 clients per year. A trusted partner, Eblen has been working with government agencies to serve the community for over 30 years.

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