COMMUNITY HOUSING SOLUTIONS’ MISSION IS TO PROVIDE DECENT, SAFE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS WORKING TOWARDS THE ELIMINATION OF SUBSTANDARD HOUSING, RESTORING THE DIGNITY AND HOPE TO FAMILIES LIVING IN GUILFORD COUNTY NEIGHBORHOODS.
SAFE AND DECENT HOUSING
Serving low-income homeowners who cannot physically do the work themselves nor financially afford a contractor, repairs done by CHS make homes warmer, drier, and safer – better, healthier homes for families to live.
The majority of people we serve are elderly, disabled, or single parent homeowners who have a limited or fixed income. Their home is their largest asset and a source of financial stability for each family. CHS seeks to help them maintain that asset, enhancing their housing stability.
CONNECTING RESOURCES/IMPROVING AFFORDABILITY
CHS was selected as one of nine organizations in NC to participate in an energy efficiency retrofit pilot program with Advanced Energy and the NC Housing Finance Agency. These repairs lower monthly utility costs for low-income families, making homeownership affordable over the long term.
HELPING PEOPLE STAY IN THEIR HOMES LONGER
More than half of our homeowners are elderly or disabled and their housing needs are changing or have changed. CHS provides accessibility modifications including access ramps, grab bars, levered door handles, toilets that meet standards for the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other modifications that allow homeowners to move through their homes safely – and stay in their homes longer.
CHS acquires vacant, abandoned, and foreclosed homes to rehab and sell to first-time, low-income homebuyers. Homes are repaired to like-new condition with updated construction systems, energy efficient appliances, and HVAC systems that meet Systems Vision or Energy Star standards. This allows homebuyers who qualify for financing to build an important asset: home equity.
CHS conducts several events each year that are designed to help stabilize neighborhoods. Operation Inasmuch in High Point and Paint the Town in Greensboroengage the wider community through volunteerism, focusing on one neighborhood at a time. Home repair “blitzes” not only lift property values for the homeowners, but the entire neighborhood as well.
CHS provides a space and opportunity for diverse communities to work together and, literally, be invited into home repair recipients’ homes. We take seriously the need to establish and build trust and understanding in Guilford County and we allow this need to guide our work.