Rev. Amy Cantrell knows a sense of community lifts people up. And it can keep them safe in times of crisis.

“We see that really clearly with COVID,” said the pastor and co-director of Beloved Asheville. “You see how neighborhood networks and mutual aid have been so incredibly helpful. People live around each other, and they know each other.”

With the rest of the Beloved Asheville team, which includes Ponkho Bermejo, Carmen Ramos-Kennedy and Adrienne Sigmon, the community nonprofit organization continues work on the Beloved Asheville Village, a network of 12 micro-homes in East Asheville and an innovative solution to the housing crisis.

The idea was born out of tragedy.