SMHP’s Sylva Self-Help Project Gaining Steam

Smoky Mountain Housing Partnership

One of Smoky Mountain Housing Partnership’s newest Self-Help housing projects is the Second Avenue development in Sylva.

The Self-Help program brings together a group of four to six qualifying households to work cooperatively to build their homes under the guidance of a construction supervisor.

All homes are financed with low-interest USDA mortgages, which along with the “sweat equity” construction hours put in by the homeowners, reduce the overall cost of the homes. With the Self-Help program, neighbors work alongside one another to build a community from the ground up. The program is labor intensive, but also immensely rewarding.

A total of five lots are available as part of the Second Avenue project. Four families have qualified, and we need one more!

SMHP will partner with Kituwah Manufacturing LLC, formerly known as Cardinal Homes, for the modular shells.

Jackson County has committed to $30,000 to support infrastructure costs. In addition, Tuckaseigee Water & Sewer Authority has committed to $8,620 (partial in-kind) for water and sewer system development.

We continue to seek other in-kind services, materials and a locking travel trailer to support this work.

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