What We Do
Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte (RTGC)’s mission is repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives. We mobilize community volunteers and contractors to provide repairs that make homes safer and healthier for our neighbors in need. We also actively partner with other local organizations to connect the communities we serve with additional resources to meet their needs and help them create healthier, more vibrant neighborhoods. Our vision is safe homes and communities for everyone.
Our model prioritizes critical repairs that correct 25 scientifically proven health and safety hazards that are common in older homes, including falls, fires, moisture and mold, asthma and allergies and toxic exposures such as carbon monoxide.
The Building a Healthy Neighborhood (BaHN) program brings together Rebuilding Together’s strategic community development approach, the Community Revitalization Partnership, and our core practice model, Safe and Healthy Housing. Through Safe and Healthy Housing, we seek to advance health equity by improving health and housing outcomes for our neighbors in need in economically distressed communities. Our experience working in these communities has taught us that systematic, coordinated approaches are needed to improve quality of life at the individual and community level. Accordingly, our Community Revitalization Partnership (CRP) model has called on our organization to adopt a deeper and longer-term (one year minimum) focus at the neighborhood level. By targeting our service delivery in specific neighborhoods – for example, Druid Hills in 2019 and 2020 – and aligning our work more closely with other nonprofit providers and community leadership, Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte improves the health and safety conditions of entire neighborhoods, not just individual homes.
Launched in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Emergency Repair Program (ERP) focuses on urgent, time-sensitive home repairs that are required in order to keep the homeowner safe, warm, and dry. Open to homeowners throughout Mecklenburg County, ERP provides significant and urgent solutions repairs that can keep families in their homes, avoiding health department or social service interventions. To facilitate our rapid response, RTGC relies upon paid skilled professionals to complete the work in most cases. We have strong relationships with many licensed contractors, often providing in kind supplies and discounted labor, lessening our financial burden to make these repairs.
During times like these, we must continue to care for one another and protect one another, especially our older neighbors. The spread of COVID-19 has made our work more challenging, but we will persevere. Our work remains critical as we help our most vulnerable neighbors shelter in place. Rebuilding Together’s safe and healthy home approach means we remove trip hazards, allergens, and asthma triggers from homes in the community. As our healthcare system is under extreme pressure, that work remains critically important. Long-term, as we face a possible economic downturn, the need for Rebuilding Together’s critical home repair services will be needed more than ever.