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Madison County Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to providing quality afordable housing opportunities.
Madison County Habitat for Humanity was formed in 1987 when a group of residents invited representatives from Habitat for Humanity of Asheville-Buncombe County (now known as Asheville Habitat) to spend an evening explaining how the program worked. Approximately 35 people attended this meeting, which led to the formation of a Board of Directors, who worked for the next two years to raise $20,000 to build the first Habitat home in Madison County. Construction began in the summer of 1989.
Many individuals and groups were instrumental in making the building of that first house a success. The Madison County Public Housing Authority donated land on Higgins Branch near Mars Hill. This land was large enough to accommodate five homesites. Businesses donated supplies or only charged their cost. Churches, Mars Hill College, and various agencies organized volunteer work teams. It was the beginning of a successful relationship that remains to this day.
Between 1989 and now, Madison County Habitat has completed 18 homes and is nearing completion of its 19 home. Although now well established in Madison County, Habitat remains dependent on the generosity of individuals, businesses, churches, and other organizations for success. During the summer months, members of churches from other states, including Ohio and Pennsylvania, travel to Madison County to provide work teams. County businesses continue to offer their help and supplies at cost or without charge.
Madison Habitat continues to be led by a volunteer Board of Directors. Almost everyone who works with Habitat is a volunteer, including Habitat homeowners, who help to work on neighbors' homes.
Madison Habitat recognizes the need to be environmentally friendly and is incorporating energy-efficient appliances and other "green" ways in the building of its homes.
Without the vision of that group of residents twenty years ago, deserving families would not be living in decent and affordable housing.
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