Residents of Northside, Pine Knolls, & Rogers Road have sustained the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community for generations. Many of these neighbors, like Ms. Patterson above, have worked multiple jobs for decades well into their 80’s and have taken great pride in keeping up the homes they have lived in for over 50 years. Now, with increased age of the homes and the rising cost of living, many neighbors need critical and urgent home repairs.
The Jackson Center assists with home repairs in the following ways:
1. We advocate:
- We build relationships with neighbors from across the county (but primarily in Northside & Pine Knolls) & connect them to existing home repair programs & partner agencies
- We assist neighbors throughout the process: referrals, applications, follow-up, troubleshooting
- We advocate for neighbors along the way, working to find a way to meet the gaps
- We coordinate volunteers for home repairs in which volunteer support is necessary and helpful.
2. We have partnered to create The Promise of Home: Critical Home Repair Program for Northside & Pine Knolls Seniors to meet gaps in existing home repair programs. This program assists our elderly neighbors stay safe and rooted in our communities by providing quality home rehabilitations by local contractors and committed community organizations.
The Promise of Homes Pilot program is designed to bring eligible homeowner dwellings up to the standards of locally adopted housing rehabilitation standards to increase retention among current residents, reduce ongoing and future maintenance costs, promote energy efficiency, and to preserve decent, affordable, owner-occupied housing.
What organizations are involved? The Marian Cheek Jackson Center, Self Help Credit Union, and Rebuilding Together have coordinated the pilot program with 5 home rehabilitations to be completed by March, 2016. We hope to be able to complete 10 home rehabilitations per year in partnership with additional organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the IFC, and Fix-A-Home and a host of quality contractors and volunteers.
How can you apply?
Contact the Jackson Center by phone to set up a home repair intake. This will allow us to provide you with all possible applications that may assist you with home repairs.
How can you help?
- You can connect us to quality, local contractors who can become part of our vendor partner network (contractors are paid for their work).
- You can contribute financially to the Promise of Home Fund by mail or online here. All funds are matched 1:1 and go directly into the costs of repairs.
- You can sign up to volunteer by contacting the Jackson Center. We will then let you know when we have repairs that require volunteer support.
- You can become a business partner by sponsoring a home rehabilitation and help ensure that one of our neighbors can age in place safely.
Contact the Jackson Center for more information.