Asheville, North Carolina
PODER Emma develops community ownership in the Emma neighborhood of Asheville, North Carolina. PODER Emma creates tools and strategies to prevent displacement and preserve the tight-knit nature of mobile home communities which keep their families safe.
Emma residents have a deep love for where they live, and PODER Emma and partner grassroots organizations have been working for more than a decade to build deep relationships; strengthen leadership skills and capacity in ourselves and our neighbors; and to cultivate a sense of place, belonging, identity, and culture. Over the years they have created community solutions to problems in their neighborhood that have created a collective belief that when community comes together it can improve their lives for themselves and future generations.