BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Invests Additional $1 Million in our Healthy Home Initiatives
We are excited to announce our sponsor, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, has invested an additional one million dollars into our Healthy Homes Initiative. These funds will support program expansion to 38 additional rural counties in North Carolina and anticipate helping an additional 200 families.
Our Healthy Homes Initiative provides families with crucial home repairs needed to improve health. Through this program, we help to remedy the unsuspecting causes of illnesses hidden in the homes of vulnerable North Carolinians. Each participant is eligible to receive up to $2,500 in home health and safety repairs. Some of the home repairs we’ve already done include:
Installing carbon dioxide and smoke detectors
Replacing old carpet with hard surface flooring
Pest control treatment
Interior accessibility and fall prevention
This fund fills the gap that other initiatives and grants aren’t able to fill. In some cases, this fund has literally and metaphorically opened the door for families to receive support from other programs.
One such client in Onslow county is a homeowner who didn’t have safe access to her home. The lack of safe entry prevented the local community action agency from weatherizing the home and they would have had to defer the project. Instead, they used the Healthy Home Initiative funds to build steps and a landing. The weatherization project was approved and she received a new HVAC system through funding provided by the Department of Energy and LIHEAP.
We are proud to have a sponsor like BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina who is making a major difference in the lives of people across North Carolina by investing in organizations and programs that directly impact health and wellbeing. Our one-million-dollar extension was just one part of the $8 million BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina has just invested in rural communities. Learn more about the other programs they are investing in here.