It began a little less than two years ago with an idea and a conversation, and now less than twenty-four months later Eblen Charities and their partners are celebrating the first anniversary of the opening of the Williams / Baldwin Teacher Campus with an announcement last Thursday night at the Buncombe County School Board meeting with an announcement that is unprecedented in the long community discussions of affordable housing.

The announcement came as a welcome surprise as Eblen Charities Board Member and head of the Williams / Baldwin Teacher Housing project, Dewey Andrew, told the Buncombe County School Board and those in attendance that Eblen was going to reduce the rent of each unit along with additional assistance in reducing water bills.

“We are excited to let you know tonight that we will be reducing the rent from $915 to $900 a month and will be able to reduce our tenants water bill by $15 a month, saving our teachers more than $300 a year,” announced Andrew.

“The projections were better than we had anticipated and believe that is only right to share not only the good news, but the savings with those who live at the Williams / Baldwin Teacher Campus. We are here to serve the teachers and this is just another way we are able to do that.”

The Williams-Baldwin Teacher Campus, a 24 unit apartment complex now provides newly constructed 2 bedroom/2 bath apartments for approximately $915 a month for teachers in the Buncombe County and Asheville City School Systems.

“This has been a tremendous endeavor for all of us at Eblen and certainly a shining example of what a public-private partnership should be and what can happen when those of vision and good will come together to get things done. We are grateful for this wonderful opportunity and could not be more pleased to be able to celebrate our first year by reducing the expenses for those you’ve at the teacher campus” added Bill Murdock, executive director of Eblen Charities.

The campus is named in honor of Roy and Wanda Williams and Buddy and Rosa Lee Baldwin, area educators that have impacted countless lives in our community and across the nation and is in partnership with the State Employee’s Credit Union, the State Employees Credit Union Foundation, Buncombe County, Buncome County and Asheville City Schools, the Metropolitan Sewer District, Eblen Charities, and the Eblen Center for Social Enterprise and is located across Eblen Intermediate and Erwin High School.

For more information on the Williams-Baldwin Teacher Campus and Eblen Charities and the Center for Social Enterprise please contact Bill Murdock at 828-242-2848 or [email protected]

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