Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee celebrated its 35th anniversary with a reception at the Governor’s Residence on October 24th, 2013. Tennessee ranks fourth in the number of new Habitat for Humanity homes built nationwide. The combined fifty Habitat for Humanity affiliates serving in 62 counties in Tennessee have built more than 3,800 new homes, renovated or repaired more than 800 homes & served more than 15,200 children & adults. Tennessee affiliates employ 405 workers & generate more than $55 million in economic activity annually, according to research done by the University of Tennessee.
Habitat for Humanity’s success is due to the many volunteers, donors & strong partnerships established over the years. At the reception Jonathan T.M. Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, recognized agencies across the State of Tennessee which include: Tennessee Housing Development Agency, Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, Department of Housing & Urban Development, Habitat for Humanity International’s Government Grant & Lending Resources Department.
In 1978, the first Habitat for Humanity affiliate was established with the formation of the second oldest Habitat affiliate in the world, Appalachia Habitat for Humanity, which serves Scott & Morgan counties in Tennessee. As the good news of Habitat’s mission spread, Habitat affiliates were formed across the State. Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Holston, Chattanooga, Jackson, Maury County, Rutherford County, Cleveland, Tipton County, Hawkins County, Montgomery County, Blount County, Roane County, Anderson County , Highland Rim, Gibson County, Lakeway, Loudon County, Wilson County, Greene County, Monroe County, Williamson County, Jefferson County, Claiborne County, Northwest Tennessee, Cocke County, Bedford County, McMinn County, Sumner County, Obion County, Weakley County, Putman County, Lawrence County, Dickson County, Campbell County, Smith County, Lexington, Robertson County, Warren County, Cumberland County, Carroll County, Haywood County, Overton County, Paris, Decatur County, DeKalb County, McNairy County, Unicoi County, Benton County & the most recently added Cheatham County.
Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to eliminate substandard housing through constructing, rehabilitating & preserving homes; by advocating for fair & just housing policies; & by providing training & access to resources to help families improve their housing conditions. Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman & child should have a simple, decent place to live in dignity & safety, & that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience & action for all.
Cocke County Habitat for Humanity
1258 Green Acres Road, Newport, TN 37821