DID YOU KNOW THAT » IN KNOXVILLE, OVER 4,400 CHILDREN HAVE AT LEAST ONE PARENT IN JAIL?
Statistically, without intervention, these children have a 70% chance of following in the same footsteps as their parents.
Amachi Knoxville is the passionate response to at-risk youth with a focus on children of incarcerated parents. Amachi matches youth 4-17 years old with caring adults who establish life changing mentoring relationships.
FROM OUR AMACHI MENTEES
“I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my mentor. She has taught me about self worth…that I’m worthy of love, that I should never settle.” -Angel
DID YOU KNOW THAT » Knoxville has one of the highest populations in the nation of disconnected young people?
disconnected young person: not in school and not employed
Knoxworx is a workforce development program that focuses on an individual by creating a custom designed employment process. We assess participants, designing a pathway that incorporates their specific needs as we walk toward sustainable employment. Nothing eradicates poverty like a job. KnoxWorx works with all ages of individuals, however our main focus has been on 16-29 year olds.
FROM OUR KNOXWORX GRADUATES
“Growing up in high poverty, inner city, ghetto neighborhoods, I used to think ‘becoming’ consisted of being the guy with the most drug money, nicest cars, biggest house and most girls…Now I am able to find forward motion that has helped me evolve and continuously reach towards my better self.” – Ladarius, KnoxWorx Graduate
HOMEBUYER READINESS PROGRAM
DID YOU KNOW THAT » Knoxville is ranked 60th out of 100 U.S. cities in the number of poor families and individuals living in high-poverty, distressed neighborhoods?
Homeownership is the best way to build long-term, generational wealth and financial security.Research shows that homeownership builds strong families, strong communities and long term financial wealth.
Homebuyer Readiness Program exists to help make homeownership a reality for many of Knoxville’s residents who are often overlooked by traditional lending and financial institutions. Our qualified coaches will work with you in a 1:1 setting to establish a spending plan, rebuild and/or repair credit, and to help you navigate the mortgage and lending process.
FROM OUR HRP GRADUATES
“Go for your dreams no matter what people say…you may get turned down along the way…but you have to push through to reach your goals. Never give up. Today I’m a homeowner, against all odds.” – Cara
NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING, INC
DID YOU KNOW THAT » there is an affordable housing crisis in Knoxville?
Since 2005, the price of single family homes in Knoxville has increased 65%, while household incomes have only increased by 19% forcing the large majority of our Low to Middle Income population to spend over ⅓ of their entire income on housing.
Neighborhood housing, Inc.’s goal is to help restore community pride, within Knoxville’s neighborhoods, by building modestly priced homes and assisting low/moderate income families in the pursuit to become homeowners.
FROM OUR NHI HOMEOWNERS
“NHI helped us buy a beautiful and safe home where our daughters can play! We are so thankful for our new home!”- Heather, NHI Homeowner and HRP Graduate
DID YOU KNOW THAT » over half of Knoxville’s homes are over 30 years old and in need of critical emergency repairs?
Often, these homes are occupied by elderly and disable individuals living on less than $1500/month who cannot afford any repairs.
Operation Backyard is a minor home repair program supplying materials and recruiting volunteers to provide home repairs for low income families who own their own homes.
FROM OUR OBY CLIENTS
“I am so grateful for my new deck with a ramp! The OBY team worked so hard, during the hottest days, and did such an outstanding job. I want to say THANK YOU!” – Ms. Brown
DID YOU KNOW THAT » Knoxville’s Homeless population increased by 3% during the most recent annual report by Knoxville’s Homeless Management Information System?
Flenniken Landing offers permanent supportive housing using a Housing First model to engage the most vulnerable individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. Permanent Supportive Housing is a known solution to homelessness, because it meets people where they are and at their level of need. By providing a multitude of supportive services for our residents, true healing can begin for our formerly homeless neighbors.
FROM OUR FLENNIKEN RESIDENTS
“Living homeless for 3 years straight, I knew if I ever had a room to live in I would cherish it. Now I have a roof over my head and I am blessed.”- Albert
SOUTHEASTERN HOUSING FOUNDATION
DID YOU KNOW THAT » there is an affordable rental housing crisis in Knoxville?
The average cost of a one-bedroom apartment costs $840. In order to afford that, one would need to make $16 an hour, working 40 hours per week. Making minimum wage in Tennessee, one would need to work 89 hours per week, to make that same unit affordable.
Southeastern Housing Foundation is dedicated to providing quality, multi-family housing to low-income and at-risk populations.
FROM OUR SHF RESIDENTS
“The case managers at SHF took time to really listen to our story and helped us get back on our feet. I am forever grateful.” – Angela
DID YOU KNOW THAT » 1 in 6 Knoxville residents live at or below the poverty line?
The Knoxville area has over 680 churches that have the resources and capacity to make a monumental difference in the lives of vulnerable citizens of our community.
Compassion Coalition serves Knoxville churches by informing them of needs in Knoxville; equipping them through compassion and benevolence training; and connecting them to areas of need so they move beyond their four walls to service in our community.
FROM OUR COMPASSION COALITION MEMBERS
“Ultimately we need to be equipped to point others to Jesus but in order to do that we need to be connected to each other…we need to know what other churches are doing, organizations, nonprofits, government, what everyone is doing to be able to touch on the pain points in our community… Compassion Coalition is doing this work.” – Kathryn Ann
THE REGAS BUILDING
DID YOU KNOW THAT » Knoxville has its own hub for nonprofits to collaborate and work together?
The Regas Building serves as KLF’s downtown headquarters. We completely renovated this 125 year-old iconic Knoxville landmark into a nonprofit resource center. It is a co-office location for several nonprofits and serves as a training center for the social sector and others. Plus, it’s got a great coffee shop- Vienna Coffee House.