To promote and facilitate healthy, safe, and affordable housing through advocacy, education, and resource development.
CHC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that serves Madison County by facilitating home repair, rehabilitation, and the creation of new affordable housing through bridging people and resources, one home and one neighbor at a time.
The scope of work performed ranges from building wheelchair accessible ramps to major home repairs such as roof replacements. Please click on CHC’s 2017 Annual Report link above to read more about the impact of our programs in 2017.
Much of our work is facilitated by our Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program and our Summer Service Group Program.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a year-round volunteer program that started in 2014. It involves once-a-month Saturday workdays at a client’s home and is an important community-building experience for all those who participate. A skilled professional leads home repair projects in which CHC clients and volunteers of all skill levels work together to rehabilitate a home in need. In 2017, Neighbors Helping Neighbors organized over 600 hours of volunteer labor to improve the safety and livability of 6 Madison County homes.
The Summer Service Group program is a seasonal volunteer program during which the majority of requests for assistance are facilitated by approximately 30 mission groups with over 1,000 faith-based volunteers from distant churches who come to serve Madison’s low-income neighbors with urgent home repair, renovation and handicap modifications. CHC serves as the local coordinating agency, connecting crews of volunteers with residents who need repair assistance, providing detailed work write-ups, monitoring work, and resolving logistical problems. Because of CHC’s preparatory activities, volunteer groups can “hit the ground running” right after they arrive in Madison County. These summer volunteers perform home repairs at no cost to CHC, the County, or the assisted residents. The value of their labor and donated materials is nearly $250,000 each year. The year-round work needed to facilitate all facets of this summer volunteer program takes almost 50% of CHC’s annual operating budget.