For over two years, Steve has served Knoxville Habitat for Humanity as the Site Supervisor. He managers warranties, new home punch-list items, home rehabilitations, energy code certifications and manages general day-to-day construction issues. He also draws and revises house plans. In addition to his long list of duties, he also regularly pitches in to help field employees on the build site as needed.
But before Steve began serving local families and his community, Steve served our country. He served in the Tennessee Army National Guard in the 278th ACR 4th Squadron as a 67TBlack Hawk Helicopter Mechanic. He was active duty for five years.
Steve’s favorite part of working with Knoxville Habitat has been helping local families achieve affordable housing. He also enjoys being a part of the camaraderie with volunteers and staff. He is proud to work for a ministry that helps local veterans.
Affordable housing need for veterans
Steve knows first hand the various issues that veterans can face when trying to obtain affordable housing. He notes that veterans often dedicate years to specific military jobs that don’t translate easily to a civilian career. Despite their years of service and expertise, they are unable to find a job with their skills that provides a livable wage. That, coupled with the affordable housing crisis, often creates a severe need for affordable housing options for veterans in our area. Click here to read more about the lack of affordable housing in Knoxville.
How Habitat helps
With startup funds from Trinity Health Foundation, Knoxville Habitat for Humanity launched Habitat for Heroes in 2015 to help veterans and veteran families in immediate need of housing achieve homeownership.
In 2017, Knoxville Habitat became an official Veterans Build Affiliate with Habitat for Humanity International. Through this affiliation, Knoxville Habitat became part of a national effort to not only provide affordable and decent homes for men and women who have served, but also join a larger voice advocating for the needs of our veterans and their families.
As a Veterans Build Affiliate, we’re committed to seeking more volunteer engagement from veteran groups as well as recruiting veterans for employment, internships and other service opportunities. Click here to learn more about how Knoxville Habitat helps local veterans.
It is great that Habitat has a program to give veterans the opportunity to fulfill a need for affordable housing. The sacrifice veterans have given our country is at least partially reciprocated through our Veterans program.