Who We Are
- Loudon County Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry that works to eliminate poverty housing in Loudon County. We welcome individuals from any faith — or from no faith — who are willing to pick up a hammer to help improve the lives of families needing decent shelter.
- Incorporated in the State of Tennessee on October 20, 1992, we are recognized by the IRS as a charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, with a volunteer board of directors and officers that are elected each year to govern the organization.
What We Do
- Loudon County Habitat builds and repairs or renovates houses in partnership with low-income families, and then sells the houses to these families. Future homeowners are selected based on their need for housing, ability to repay an affordable mortgage, and their willingness to partner with Loudon County Habitat. Their mortgage payments contribute to a Fund for Humanity, which in turn provides the money to build more houses. Because our houses are sold at no profit and principally built with volunteer labor, mortgage payments are affordable for low-income families in Loudon County who otherwise would not be able to afford their own home.
How The Program Works
- To qualify for a Habitat home, applicants must meet three criteria. They must have a need for decent housing, they must have the ability to pay for the house, and must be willing to partner with Habitat. Once individuals are qualified as a Future Homebuyer, they are required to work a minimum of 500 “sweat equity” hours for a two-partner family or 250 sweat equity hours for a single-partner family. The sweat equity hours consist of construction hours, working at the Home Store, and classes such as budgeting and home maintenance.
- After completing their sweat equity hours, the family is eligible to buy a Habitat house. The amount of the loan is the appraised value of the house and land.
- A Habitat home is a simple, decent, low maintenance, energy efficient house. There are no frills, no basement, no garage, and no more than a bath and a half. In Loudon County central heat and air is included.
Where We Work
- While all the homes constructed by Loudon County Habitat are within the county of Loudon and for Loudon County families, a tithe is made on each house built. This tithe goes to Habitat for Humanity International and is used to build homes around the world. To date, more than 50 homes have been built outside the United States by these tithe funds from Loudon County Habitat for Humanity.
How We Pay For The Houses
- Even though Loudon County Habitat is affiliated with Habitat for Humanity International, all funds used to build houses are raised locally. Sources of funds include: the mortgage payments from houses already built and sold; sales from our Home Store; and donations from individuals, churches, businesses, and civic clubs.
- Habitat for Humanity International was started in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller in south Georgia. In 1984 former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, became Habitat’s most famous partners. Every year since then they have given one week of their time to help build houses during the Jimmy Carter Work Project.Since its creation Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses in the United States and around the world.
- Loudon County Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1992, but it was in 1993 when a tornado hit Lenoir City that the affiliate actually started constructing homes. That first year the community came together with God’s help and found the resources to build homes for three families. In the spring of 2014, Loudon County Habitat completed its 101st house.
- In 1995 the Habitat Home Store was opened in Lenoir City accepting donated goods to sell at a reasonable price to raise funds for the construction of homes. The store, located at 303 Simpson Road in Lenoir City, raises enough each year to build at least two houses. Although raising funds for home building is its primary goal, the store also provides a source of reasonably priced goods for the community.
You Can Help
- Volunteers are the very life blood of Loudon County Habitat. They fill key roles in our day-to-day work, both on the construction site and in other important ways. Volunteers assist with family selection, they serve as support for our partner families, they help with fund raising and they share the Habitat story with others, both on a personal level and when they speak at civic clubs or other organizations. For more information about becoming involved with Loudon County Habitat for Humanity, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sammie Shanks at (865) 458-0704, or stop by our office at 238 Highway 72 W, Lenoir City, TN, 37771.
Mission and Vision
Habitat for Humanity's vision
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.