ASHEVILLE – A charity of churches will begin construction this month on a facility advocates say will alter the landscape for homeless women and children.
Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry will break ground on its Transformation Village project June 29.
The facility is set to have 150 beds for homeless women and their families. There will be one- and two-bedroom apartments on 24 acres near the Asheville Outlets.
The project will triple the nonprofit’s capacity to house homeless women and children.
ABCCM purchased the land at 45 Rocky Ridge Road close to the Hampton Inn on Brevard Road in 2015.
The site will feature playgrounds, greenways and outdoor recreational activities.
It will be one of the largest emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing facilities for homeless women and children in North Carolina, said the Rev. Scott Rogers, ABCCM executive director.
Construction for the first phase is expected to take one year.
Initial estimates put project costs at $5.5 million, but Rogers said expanded training space in a planned community center has upped fundraising goals to $7.5 million.
Around $4 million has already been raised, he said. All of the money has come from private funders.
“The churches have made it their priority to try to do for…
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