Downtown Chapel Hill

Downtown Blog

Promise of Home: Critical Repair Program for Northside & Pine Knolls Seniors

Residents of Northside and Pine Knolls have sustained the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community for generations. Many of these neighbors, like Ms. Patterson below, 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 Promise of Home 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 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.  They will then let you know when they 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: 
The Jackson Center – 512 W. Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
919-960-1670 –  -