New ABCCM community in Asheville could house hundreds in need

Stand alone units will have up to four units in each building at Transformation Village. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Shovels in the dirt, the Rev. Scott Rogers exclaimed, "For our homeless women and children!"

Rogers is the executive director for the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, which broke ground Thursday on it's new facility to help and house those in need.

ABCCM's Steadfast House has about 50 beds and helped more than 150 women and children in 2016. The new facility, Transformation Village, is designed to eventually absorb Steadfast House with more than 300 beds on site.

"Our wait list at Steadfast House for women and children trying to get into our shelter is over 300 hundred people long," says Steadfast House Director Angela Catania. "It’s exciting to know that we’ll actually be able to meet the needs of the community, because one of the hardest things we have to do every day at Steadfast House is say no, we don’t have space for you."

Transformation Village has a 24-acre plot set aside for it's new digs along Rocky Ridge Road, an area just north of Asheville Outlets.

"This facility is large enough so that, like our veterans quarters, it will have an emergency shelter for folks that just need a short-term stay," Rogers says. "It will have transitional housing for women who need to work on more difficult issues around recovery from abuse and getting job skills. It will also have permanent supportive housing units so that folks who need a permanent place can be here on site and be a part of this ongoing culture of health and stability."

Facilities and housing will be built in phases. Phase 1 begins with a health clinic, expected to open in the fall. Other Phase 1 facilities will be gradually finished through fall 2018, including a kitchen and dining facility, job training center, a children's education center and playground.

Phase 1 is expected to cost $7.5 million. So far, ABCCM has raised just less than $4 million.

To help ABCCM reach its fundraising goal or for more information, visit its website.

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