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The Hinnefelds, Jennifer & Justin's Success Stories: Healthy Homes Initiative in Onslow County

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

The Healthy Homes Initiative Program helped a household of five senior citizens and three children have a healthier home environment by replacing the old carpets. Everyone is grateful for the new hard surface flooring.

Jennifer's Story

“Jennifer” is a homeowner in Onslow county who didn’t have a safe way to get in or out of her home. The lack of front steps was going to prevent her local Community Action agency from weatherizing the home. The Healthy Homes Initiative funds were used to build steps and a landing. Through this simple investment into the safety of her home, she was able to receive a new HVAC system through the Department of Energy and LIHEAP. Jennifer was so grateful. She hadn’t been able to afford heat in her home for the past 20 years. Her old heating system was not installed correctly and always ran on heat strips. Now thanks to the combined programs she can afford to heat her entire home.

Justin's Story

“Justin” is a senior citizen in Onslow county with multiple chronic health conditions including musculoskeletal issues, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and heart disease.  Justin had recently broken his femur bone in two places. The old wooden stairs to his home were not safe for him to continue using. The Healthy Homes Initiative funding was used to provide new stairs and a landing to his home.

We are grateful to have a sponsor like BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina who invests in our communities, and so proud to have Coastal Community Action as part of our network! We couldn’t do this important work without them and their dedicated staff!

Want to Help People like The Hinnefelds, Jennifer and Justin?

  • Donate | We use your money to help run our programs, and provide training that helps organizations and individuals make their way to self-sufficiency. You can donate on our web page or find an agencies local to you.

  • Volunteer | We can’t do this alone. Join us! Find one of our agencies in your county and check out their website for volunteer opportunities.

  • Become a Member | Did you know you can become a Community Action Member? Membership provides discounted tickets to our various events, an inside look into our organization and more. Membership fees start at only $25 a year for an individual, or $300 for an agency.

  • Partner with Us | We are humbled by the many non-profit and for-profit organizations that partner with us to bring services, educations and events to North Carolina. If your organization is looking for a non-profit to partner with, please consider us. Email us at We would love to hear from you!

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