Housing Sewanee Inc. (HSI) is a nonprofit organization modeled after Habitat for Humanity. Since 1993, HSI has built one house a year for an area family in need. These families include the elderly, the sick, the physically or mentally disabled, and grandparents raising their grandchildren.
HSI accepts applicants and selects recipients based on need and ability to sustain a no-interest mortgage. Recipients are expected to help with the building of their house when possible. Many times, their neighbors and families pitch in to help. Most houses are built for approximately $50,000. HSI 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.
HSI newest project is in Sherwood Springs. HSI has begun the work required for a small development on the six-acre Sherwood Road property it purchased earlier this year. The development will consist of up to eight units incorporating sustainable, low-energy building design and techniques in a small neighborhood that will encourage social interaction.
HSI is requesting $10,000 from the Community Chest to help with expenses. This organization does receive other funding from individuals, concession sales, summer work groups, and poster sales. HSI does not have paid employees but relies on community volunteers.
Since 1908, the goal of the SCC has been to help citizens by funding the community. Through SCC funding, 26 local organizations can 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 SCC 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.