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WNC ADU Resources

In 2020, AARP began an important collaboration to improve housing opportunities for older adults in Buncombe and surrounding Counties.  With AARP’s sponsorship, this initiative, Housing Options for Aging in Place: Accessory Dwellings, aimed at fulfilling important components of Buncombe County’s Aging Plan: building new housing and remodeling existing homes to better accommodate our region’s growing population of older adults.


A primary partner in Buncombe County has been a coalition of organizations and individuals, the Housing Options for Aging in Place (HOAP) working group. Working together, the HOAP:Accessory Dwellings project engaged city and county elected officials, agency staff, the for profit and non profit housing sector, and county residents of all ages.  This initiative is bringing awareness to the community of the importance of creating accessory dwelling units (ADU's) and all the ways ADU's can be created.

For general better living designs and resources click HERE


The Ronald L. Mace Universal Design Institute is a non-profit organization based in North Carolina dedicated to promoting the concept and practice of accessible and universal design. The Institute's work manifests the belief that all new environments and products, to the greatest extent possible, should and can be usable by everyone regardless of age, ability, or circumstance.


The Institute's sister initiative, Better Living Design is changing the way homes and home products are designed, built and remodeled to better meet the needs of everyone at every life stage. 

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