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 common need in our Appalachian community, we serve a population—often the elderly and disabled—who may face life-threatening consequences if their housing problems are not addressed. Learn more about our mission and our team.
We address urgent home repairs for low-income residents of Swannanoa, Black Mountain and Ridgecrest. We define "urgent home repairs" as issues that may threaten the safety of the homeowner. These may include:
Significant water damage caused by a leaky roof or plumbing issues
Unsafe electrical issues
Ineffective heating systems
Other conditions that present a hazard to the home owner
To determine if you or a neighbor are eligible, please click on the Request Assistance Button.
Please Note: We are not an "Emergency Home Repair" organization. Our vetting process involves a thorough review of your situation, fundraising efforts, and coordinating volunteers and contractors. Patience is required. If you have an emergency repair need, please refer to our Partners page, where you may find a contractor who can address your need.
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!