Hidden among the majestic mountains and beautiful vistas of the Swannanoa Valley are neighbors in need—an elderly woman who is unable to enter or exit her home safely, her steps rotted and missing rails; a family of six with inadequate heating, their HVAC system failed years ago; a disabled veteran who can no longer bathe in his own home, the bathroom floor rotted by leaky pipes.
Approximately 15% of the Swannanoa Valley population lives below the poverty level, many of whom live in substandard housing. Struggling to afford necessities, these neighbors are also challenged by the cost of home ownership and general maintenance. Unable to adequately care for their home, these residents may live in harsh or unsafe conditions; conditions that threaten their well-being.
Hammer & Heart is dedicated to keeping low-income neighbors safe and healthy in their homes. Focusing on a unique need in the Swannanoa Valley community, we serve a population—often the elderly and disabled—that may face life-threatening consequences if their housing problems are not addressed. Learn more about our mission and our Board of Directors.
Hammer & Heart is a community-based nonprofit organization. We rely on the generosity and skills of Swannanoa Valley residents to help those in need. There are numerous ways to get involved.
We address urgent home repair issues for low-income residents of Swannanoa, Black Mountain and Ridgecrest. These issues may involve:
Significant water damage
Unsafe electrical work
Non-functional or leaky plumbing systems
Leaky windows or doors
Ineffective insulation or heating systems
Roof leaks or roof damage
Other conditions that present a hazard to the home owner
To determine if you or a neighbor are eligible, please download our Assistance Policy and review it carefully. If the qualifications are met, please contact us and we will send you an application (applications are available in English and Spanish).
By contributing to H&H, you are making a critical investment in the well-being and safety of our community members. Your financial gift allows us to:
• Alleviate suffering
• Create safer home environments
• Improve property values for low-income homeowners
• Raise awareness of the needs in our community, and
• Foster a caring community that eagerly responds to its neighbors
Thank you for your generosity!