Who We Are

The East Tennessee Housing Development Corporation is a community-based housing organization dedicated to providing quality, energy efficient homes for low to moderate income home buyers and families.  Our earliest beginnings were in the 1990’s when the Community Design Center formed ETHDC as a new nonprofit to take its work beyond the preliminary design phase into development and construction.

In 2006, the City of Knoxville suggested that the Design Center re-activate the Housing Corporation as an independent organization to participate in the revitalization of the Lonsdale community.  The desire was to create and set a standard for well designed, affordable new homes for community residents. We are firm believers that “affordable” can mean “beautiful,” and that good quality affordable homes will bring new homeowners into the community who will want to stay.

Central to our mission as affordable housing developers is our commitment to produce high quality, energy efficient homes for our buyers.  As the first nonprofit to build Earth Craft homes in Knoxville, the East Tennessee Housing Development Corporation not only offers residents a well-built house, we also offer features that ensure our buyers monthly savings on utility costs.  All of our new homes are Energy Star certified. In recent years, with a changing climate in housing, we have found that rehabilitating existing homes can provide a quality home for buyers at a more affordable price.

In addition to the development of homes, we have worked in a more comprehensive fashion to foster neighborhood revitalization efforts, reaching out to local government, funders, businesses, lenders, community residents, and other nonprofits to create a platform for lasting transformation for neighborhoods.  In 2015 ETHDC was the recipient of an Equity Award by the City of Knoxville for our embrace of the Lonsdale community, including the growing Hispanic population.

In our work with community residents and potential homebuyers, we saw the need for more intensive education and one on one coaching, so we developed our Mentoring for Homeownership program. Through this program, we work directly with each person to educate them about household financial management, the home buying process (including the selection of an affordable home), and home maintenance. We continue this relationship even after they purchase a home.

The work of the East Tennessee Housing Development Corporation addresses issues that help provide stability of finances, home, and neighborhood for residents. We anticipate that our community development initiatives will continue to expand in the future as we assist local communities to imagine stronger, sustainable futures for all of their residents.

 

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