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Hammer & Heart provides urgent home repairs to neighbors of the Swannanoa Valley who are financially unable to maintain their homes in a safe or livable condition.

The Need


Hidden among the majestic mountains and beautiful vistas of the Swannanoa Valley are neighbors in need.

An elderly woman struggles to safely enter and exit her home. A family of six bundles in blankets and coats; their HVAC system failed months ago. A disabled veteran can no longer bathe in his own home; the bathroom floor has collapsed.

Approximately 15% of the Swannanoa Valley population lives below the poverty level. Many of these live in substandard housing. Struggling to afford necessities, these neighbors are unable to afford the cost of home maintenance. As their home deteriorates, they may face harsh living conditions that threaten their well-being.

The Need


About Us


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 populationoften the elderly and disabledwho may face life-threatening consequences if their housing problems are not addressed. Learn more about our mission and our team.

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Get Involved

Get Involved


Hammer & Heart is a community-based nonprofit. We rely on the generosity and skills of Swannanoa Valley residents to help those in need. There are numerous ways to get involved. 

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Read a few stories about our work in the community, or check out our Before-After photos.

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Request Assistance

Request Assistance

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

  • Accessibility concerns

  • 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.

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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.

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Hammer & Heart

PO Box 577

Black Mountain, NC 28711

You may give online via credit card or PayPal (or mail a check!)


See the Results
of your Gifts!

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Hammer and Heart is a 501(c)3 Nonproftit organization. Your gifts are tax deductible.


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!  

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