We are grateful for the energy and generative momentum of the Montford & Stumptown Fund kickoff event on June 8, 2021 at the Pearson Garden. Many thanks to everyone who attended and donated! 

As we shared in the May 2021 issue of the Montford Newsletter (page 6), the Montford & Stumptown Fund has been established with the Asheville-Buncombe Community Land Trust (ABCLT) with the goal of creating and protecting permanently affordable housing for Black people in Montford and Stumptown/Hill Street (census tracts 2 and 3). Justice-minded neighbors can join us in raising $557,000 (the median cost of a home in Montford) by June 2022. Decisions about how the monies raised are invested will be made by current and former Black residents. 

While addressing the impacts of centuries of systemic racial inequities must happen on a national scale, we also believe in the power of neighborhood level efforts to heal, repair, and restore. We are putting love into action where we live. 

For more information about the fund (including a map with historical dates for context), to donate, and to get involved in this emergent effort, visit montfordandstumptown.com.

This announcement was in the August 2021 issue of the Montford Newsletter.