New Build Appalachia began as an effort to help low-income families in the Dry Creek and Cash Hollow communities of Washington County, Tennessee, who lost their homes to massive flooding in August 2012. In one year, ASP was able to leverage public and private funding to build replacement homes for 24 families devastated by the Dry Creek flood.
In December 2014, ASP received $300,000 in new grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission that will be leveraged with more than $1 million in private contributions to construct 33 new homes for low-income residents in nine East Tennessee counties whose homes are beyond repair.
The homes are 864 square feet, 3 bedroom, 1 bath homes. Energy efficient features allow the homes to achieve an energy rating score of HERS 75, meaning the home uses only 75% the energy of a typical new home. Labor for the homes’ construction will be provided by volunteers recruited locally and across the eastern United States.