Our organizing and advocacy services challenge inequity and reverse unjust housing trends through community-first planning, research, and relational organizing by activating neighborhood networks to strengthen communities and bring about systemic policy change. As a continuation of our efforts with the Sustaining OurSelves Coalition, the Jackson Center serves as a hub for community advocacy work, connecting residents to existing and potential services and support: from tax relief and house rehab programs to youth mentorship opportunities and historical preservation efforts. Mainly, we facilitate connections to incredible partner organizations and housing non-profits throughout the area, and promote increased civic engagement across age, race, and class. In addition to our housing justice work, the Jackson Center also assists in supporting and managing volunteers for St. Joseph’s Heavenly Groceries/Comida Celestial, a food bank that provides groceries for over 3,000 families each month.
Over 75 low-income households have received essential home repairs that help them stay with pride in their homes. Over 65 have received wills and other essential end-of-life documents.
All but a handful of the vacant or abandoned houses have become family homes.
Over 1,000 neighbors attend the now more than dozen block events and festivals in the neighborhood.
Over 400 students are engaged in meaningful community service.
Dozens of neighbors continue to show up to conversations about the future of Rosemary Street, even though these conversations have lasted nearly five years.
For the first time in decades, the census reports a rise in the African American population in the neighborhood (from 690 to 717: small, but a reversal of a 30 year trend).
Some accomplishments of the NNI, Year 1 include:
- 15 properties were acquired
- 12 affordable housing units were built or are in process
- 3 families have been welcomed into hew homes in Northside
- 31 homes received critical repairs
- We launched a new property tax support program
- 380 UNC students served as volunteers
- Noise/nuisance complaints went down by 60%
- The African American population in Northside/Pine Knolls increased for the first time in 30 years