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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 the creation of safe shelter and affordable home rental or ownership for all.

Funding Priorities

Want to know more? Find out more about Housing funding opportunities.

Take a minute to read a message from Sarah Grymes, Vice President – Housing, to find out what we are focusing on in 2024.

what we’re learning about housing

2021 Regional Housing Needs Assessment

Affordable housing needs in Western North Carolina are well-documented in the Regional Housing Needs Assessment commissioned by Dogwood and in other sources. This shortage is particularly acute for those who require permanent supportive housing and for seniors. In addition to working with partners to leverage multiple sources of expertise and funding to create new affordable housing, we are also helping groups of partners preserve and rebuild existing housing as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization. 

Care and Learning (CandL) Data on Early Care and Education

Equitable, high-quality early care and education start children on a solid path to becoming lifelong learners, leading to healthier lives as engaged, fulfilled adults. However, too many WNC families cannot access affordable care, a circumstance made more challenging by a shortage of teachers and the barriers they experience entering or remaining in the field.

Dogwood Health Trust is investing in early childhood education to ensure our region has the resources and sustainability to provide developmentally appropriate, affordable and accessible care and education so that all children in WNC enter kindergarten ready to learn.

In its latest commissioned study, Dogwood partnered with NC Child’s Care and Learning Initiative (CandL) to extend a statewide listening tour into 13 WNC counties and hear first-hand the concerns and needs of parents, caregivers and child care providers in those counties.

Join us for an informational webinar on September 13 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. to hear a summary of those listening sessions. During the webinar, presenters will share their findings and offer a high-level analysis in addition to answering questions. Anyone is welcome to attend. Please register for the webinar.


The CandL coalition seeks to model language justice and will offer simultaneous Spanish translation during this webinar.

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meet the
housing team

Sarah Grymes

Vice President – Housing
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Kaitlynn Lovelace

Associate – Housing
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