Staff

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Staff

Heather Boyd, Executive Director

Heather Boyd came to SMHP in November 2020. She is responsible for day-to-day operations, including:

  • Land development
  • Recruitment
  • Housing Counseling
  • Mortgage packaging & assistance

She has over 15 years’ experience in lending/ finance and over 4 years’ experience in direct affordable housing/ housing counseling

Joey Massie, Construction Supervisor

Joey Massie began with SMHP in January  2020. He is responsible for coordinating the construction of new homes, with over 35 years’ experience in construction. He is well versed in the construction process and assigning tasks to homeowners. Prior to working with self-help, he has 5 years experience working with volunteers and homeowners through the Haywood County Habitat for Humanity.

Tara Abshire, Housing Counselor

SMHP’s newest staff member is Housing Counselor Tara Abshire.

Tara’s professional background is in self-help and direct loan affordable housing in Henderson and Transylvania Counties. She notes, “I saw families struggle with finding affordable housing and with paying for as little as 30% of their housing costs. I am excited to put my skills to work in creating more affordable housing for families in the western counties.” Tara adds, “I started in the self-help program and ended up going into the direct loan to purchase a home. The program I worked with was exactly like our SMHP program and Mountain Projects.”

Asked what advice she would give to people frustrated by the current housing market, “Ask questions and do your research. Buying a home is not easy and having guidance and knowledge takes a lot of stress away. Do not get discouraged from buying a home, be patient and follow through with your dreams.”

Tara lives in Hendersonville.