Affordable Housing is Our Priority

It is the belief of Mountain Projects that everyone in need deserves a safe physical environment to call home. The agency has several programs to assist those who qualify in achieving the American Dream of homeownership. 

In the early 2000’s, Mountain Projects was awarded a grant for self-help housing. They have since partnered with families who provide sweat equity, building 51 homes in our community. Mountain Projects was an admirable force in 2004 when back to back hurricanes hit Haywood County. They helped staff the recovery center in Clyde and insisted on doing much more. Partnering with Clyde, Haywood County, and the USDA, Mountain Projects was able to develop the Barefoot Ridge subdivision of 36 homes.

Western North Carolina has a higher than average percentage of the population that are cost-burdened; families who currently pay more than 30% of their income for housing expenses. Through Mountain Projects’ work with Section 8 Housing programs, rental assistance can be provided to low-income families, the disabled, and the elderly.

Through the Mountain Projects Rehabilitation and Weatherization program, we work with owners of pre-existing homes to provide necessary safety renovations,  appliances repair and replacement, and installation of ramps. This program is designed to assist with roof repair, water damage, hazardous electrical, and deteriorating ramps or steps. This program provides a safety net, protecting the clients’ personal safety, as well as their financial capacity to keep the homes.

Our Next Chapter

The Smoky Mountain Housing Partnership, SMHP was formed in 2019 as the Affordable Housing Division of Mountain Projects. SMHP is vigorously addressing the desperate need for entry-level home ownership and affordable housing, as well as continuing the already successful programs.

SMHP currently offers the “Self-Help” program where applicants take on an active role in the construction process of their home under the careful guidance of a certified supervisor.

SMHP understands the rising costs of homeownership in Western North Carolina. It is our promise to continue being a proactive force in the pursuit to provide each resident with a sanitary, affordable, and safe place to call home.