Housing Sewanee is a nonprofit organization modeled after Habitat for Humanity. Since 1993, Housing Sewanee has built one house each year for an area family in need. These families include the elderly, the sick, the physically or mentally disabled, and grandparents raising their grandchildren.
Housing Sewanee accepts applicants and selects recipients based on need and ability to sustain a no-interest mortgage. Recipients are expected to help with the building process, when possible. Many times, their neighbors and families pitch in to help. Most houses are built for approximately $50,000. Housing Sewanee provides the capital and volunteer labor to get the house built. When the house is finished, the owners begin to pay a monthly mortgage fee. Currently, two houses are in the process of being built.
Housing Sewanee is requesting $5,000 from the Community Chest to help with expenses, which is approximately 20 percent of its costs. Housing Sewanee’s expenses last year totaled approximately $25,000. This organization also receives funding from individuals, concession sales, summer work groups and poster sales. It does not have paid employees, but relies on community volunteers. The Outreach Office at the University of the South also assists them.
Since 1908, the goal of the SCC has been to help citizens by funding the community. Through Community Chest funding, 25 local organizations help those caught in the cycle of poverty, improve quality of life through outreach and community initiatives, and provide support for children with a variety of programs. The Sewanee Community Chest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and donations are tax-deductible. Send your donation to Sewanee Community Chest, P.O. Box 99, Sewanee, TN 37375.