DHC and HAMMERS thank the North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club for their generous support of HAMMERS through Over the Tabletop. The funds raised through the event directly support HAMMERS’ efforts to alleviate threats to life, health, and safety in homes owned and occupied by lower wealth residents in Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, and Mooresville.
In February 2003, Davidson Housing Coalition, in collaboration with Davidson College, began exploring the addition of an emergency home repair program to its services. After six months of research and regular meetings, HAMMERS, Hands Around Mecklenburg/Mooresville Making Emergency Repairs Safely, was created to address a growing concern about the prevalence of substandard housing in our area.
The goal of HAMMERS is to reduce the immediate threats to life, health, and safety in homes owned and occupied by lower wealth residents of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, and Mooresville. HAMMERS launched its first project in April 2005 and has completed repairs on more than 112 homes across the Lake Norman region since that time.
The primary goal of the HAMMERS program is to reduce the immediate threats to life, health, and safety in homes owned and occupied by lower wealth residents in our communities. Priorities for our services are the elderly, disabled, single parents, or households with five or more inhabitants, including children.
HAMMERS is designed to correct the most critical problems in a home that are posing the most severe dangers to the inhabitants. It is not guaranteed that all problems will be addressed through this program. The ultimate goal of HAMMERS is to foster personal well-being for the homeowners and their families, thereby increasing neighborhood pride through its services.
HAMMERS is governed by a Steering Committee, composed of both DHC board members and community volunteers. The committee meets once or twice monthly to review projects, and increase fundraising and advocacy efforts.
HAMMERS also has benefitted from a wonderful partnership for four years to create a very special Holiday home repair.
The Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association (CRRA) Housing Opportunity Foundation (HOF) presented the 2008 Humanitarian Award to the HAMMERS Program, a project of the Davidson Housing Coalition, on Jan. 14, 2009 at the 2009 CRRA/Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. (CMLS) Installation & Awards Gala. Marcia Webster, executive director of the Davidson Housing Coalition; and Zach Jakob, project coordinator of the HAMMERS Program, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. Read the full story here.