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We believe that health and wellbeing begin when people are safely and affordably housed, and that everyone deserves a stable home.  We work with local, state and federal partners to support creation of safe shelter and affordable home rental or ownership for all.  

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. 

PARTNER PROFILE

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound’s mission is to prevent and end homelessness in our community through permanent housing and support. Since 2006, Homeward Bound has housed more than 2,250 people.

PARTNER PROFILE

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.

Partner Highlights

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Single story home in the midst of being build with 3 volunteers helping.

Housing | Goal 1

Support Healthy and Safe Revitalization Opportunities

Support healthy and safe revitalizations that work against displacement and gentrification, preserve home ownership and create generational wealth

Objective 1.1: Revitalize Neighborhoods

Objective 1.2: Repurpose existing structures to minimize environmental impact

Objective 1.3: Support home ownership

Housing | Goal 2

Create and Preserve Supportive Housing Rental Units

Invest in housing with sustainable supports for physical and mental health and wellbeing

Objective 2.1: Create new supportive housing

Objective 2.2: Preserve existing supportive housing

Objective 2.3: Leverage state and federal funds

Housing | Goal 3

Create and Preserve Senior Housing

Support age-appropriate resources in affordable and workforce units, rental and owned

Objective 3.1: Create needed rental and homeownership opportunities for seniors

Objective 3.2: Incorporate supportive services in rental housing developments

Objective 3.3: Increase use of universal design in development

Housing | Goal 4

Create and Preserve Housing Units for Persons Below 50% of the Median Income

Increase affordable housing for lowest-income individuals and families

Objective 4.1: Create rental units for households below 50% of the median income

Objective 4.2: Help families pay no more than 30% of their income on housing

Objective 4.3: Create and preserve communities in a way that is representative of the WNC natural landscape