Homeownership is a big part of The American Dream. At Knoxville Habitat for Humanity, we are a proud partner with individuals and families who are living in substandard housing conditions who want a safe and comfortable place to call home.
Knoxville Habitat for Humanity reached a double milestone Friday, Nov. 16, raising the walls on its 450th home in Knox County and celebrating the dedication of a home built in honor of country music star Reba McEntire.
The houses, next door to one another at 1710 LeFlore and 3340 Divide Ave., are the fourth and fifth houses of what will be 10 homes planned for KHFH’s “Music Row” in the Lonsdale community. The houses are underwritten by The Charlie and Moll Anderson Family Foundation from an annual benefit concert featuring a country music act.
Reba McEntire performed at the fundraiser last fall that netted more than $250,000 for Knoxville Habitat for Humanity. The Reba McEntire House on Divide joins houses already built in honor of other musical acts, including Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, and Keith Urban. Shondra Tate is the owner of The Reba McEntire home.
Even though the homes are underwritten by the foundation, they are not given away. In lieu of a down payment, Tate and all homeowners in the Habitat for Humanity program are required to complete 500 hours of sweat equity, mostly in the form of budgeting and homeowner classes. In addition, the family pays a mortgage on the home at zero-percent interest over 25 to 30 years. The mortgage payments go back into building more simple, decent and affordable homes.
“We choose to support Habitat for Humanity through our foundation because of the incredible impact it makes for in the lives of the families and for our community,” said Charlie Anderson. “Families are given a hand up to move into a brand new home of their own, while neighborhoods in the city and county are replacing blighted lots with new homes that add value and revenue to city and county tax rolls.”
Moll Anderson, who has been recognized with a “Women of Hope” award by the Donna Karan organization for her work on the “Music Row” project, agrees with her husband.
“Shelter is one of the most basic needs we have as human beings,” she said. “Every family deserves to have a decent place to live, to have food on the table and to be able to access to educational opportunities – and those are the things that we support through the work of our foundation.”
“It is such a blessing for this local affiliate and for this community that we have support of such wonderful and generous people like Charlie and Moll Anderson,” said Kelle Shultz, president and CEO of Knoxville Habitat for Humanity. “It underscores the hard work that we do and enables us to continue on with our ministry.”
About The Charlie and Moll Anderson Family Foundation
The Charlie and Moll Anderson Family Foundation is a philanthropic organization supporting agencies who provide services in the areas of shelter, food and education. The foundation has generously supports Second Harvest Food Bank and Knoxville Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, the foundation supports the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at The University of Tennessee, which is named in honor of Charlie and Moll Anderson. The foundation also established the Moll R. Anderson Scholarship Endowment to provide scholarships for single parents and childcare for young children through the Boys and Girls Clubs.