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.

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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. This year, the Jackson Center offered its first year of 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. This year, we were able to provide support for 18 households in Northside, with an average age of 77, average stay in the neighborhood of 56 years, and average property tax burden of 12%!

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“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:

  1. Property tax and home repair support
  2. Legal and financial tools to help ensure the future you want for your home
  3. Ways you can honor the financial and community values of your home
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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 with UNC’s Black Law Student Association, the UNC Center for Civil Rights, LegalAid, and other local attorneys to provide annual wills drafting clinics free of cost to qualifying residents.  Over the last five years, over 60 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.

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