One of the primary strategies and goals of our efforts is the retention of long-term neighbors. Below are a list of services – all co-designed with neighborhood leaders – that are helping retain and support long-term residents and prevent land loss throughout the community.
The Promise of Home Program assists our elderly neighbors in Northside & Pine Knolls stay safe and rooted in our communities by providing quality home rehabilitation by local contractors and committed community organizations. We partner with Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, Self-Help, and a host of community volunteers to ensure homes of great pride are able to stay safe, affordable, accessible, and beautiful.Click here to learn more and access the application
For the last fifteen years or more, Northside neighbors, many of whom have lived here for decades, have faced rapidly increasing property taxes, making it increasingly difficult for long-term neighbors to stay rooted in our community. Since 2016, the Jackson Center, in partnership with Self-Help, has offered small grants to assist with property taxes for aging, long-term, low-moderate income households in Northside. The goal of this program is to help neighbors stay rooted in this community and to off-set the rise in taxes from development pressures.. In 2018, we were able to provide support for 35 households in Northside, with an average age of 76, average length of stay in the neighborhood of 56 years, and average property tax burden of over 10%. Applications are available each August and due in September.Click here to learn more and access the application
“Keeping Your House a Home” is an interactive workshop developed by neighborhood leaders, attorneys, and housing counselors that shares tools and resources that can help you keep your house a home. We discuss:
- Property tax and home repair support
- Legal and financial tools to help ensure the future you want for your home
- Ways you can honor the financial and community values of your home
One of the primary ways in which homes are lost in our communities is when there is no clear designation for the homes and no formal documents to distribute property (wills and other end of life documents). The Jackson Center partners legal organizations and local attorneys to connect residents to pro-bono legal services and provide wills drafting clinics free of cost to qualifying residents. From 2012-2019, over 80 local residents have updated or completed new sets of end-of-life documents that help preserve the future of properties and allow residents to distinguish other important wishes for their future.Click here to learn more