Since 2012, Appalachia Service Project (ASP) has responded to disasters in Central Appalachia by repairing and replacing homes of disaster victims. When fires or floods damage the homes of our neighbors, the ASP community along with other nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies acts to restore warm, safe, and dry homes to Appalachian communities.
On June 23, 2016, the worst flood in West Virginia’s history decimated more than twenty percent of the state across twelve counties, claiming the lives of twenty-three people. Many of West Virginia’s low-income homeowners are unable to rebuild their homes because they had no insurance, are unable to qualify for emergency loans, and have few personal resources. These families have been and continue to be the focus of ASP’s long-term recovery effort. At the start of 2019, ASP had completed 68 new homes—enabling more than a dozen affected renters to become first time homeowners—and fully repaired another 28 across the twelve counties impacted by the flood. We intend to continue serving flood survivors and their families as much and as long as resources will allow.
In November of 2016, wildfires in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg areas of Tennessee burned more than 17,000 acres of land, destroyed nearly 3,000 buildings, and claimed the lives of fourteen people. While resources for rebuilding are readily available for those with insurance, many low-income families did not have insurance and have no way to rebuild. Other families were severely under-insured. ASP assisted those that fall below fifty percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), with an emphasis on the elderly, disabled, and renters seeking to become first-time homeowners.