Tasha and her daughter, Ty’jhaya (11), are taking a huge step towards a safe and stable future. They will soon achieve the strength and independence that comes with affordable homeownership.
For the past 5 years, Tasha has worked as a shift leader in foodservice. Despite her experience, she is not able to afford a conventional mortgage on her single income.
Home prices have raised over 9% in the past 15 years, and wages have not kept up.*
Facing the affordable housing crisis, Tasha took action to provide a better life for her daughter. She learned from a friend about the Knoxville Habitat program and applied. A year later, she is working through the program and even helping other friends build their homes. She has loved “meeting new people” and says “this whole thing has been a learning experience.”
Tasha’s home will mean so much to her because, as she says, she is “working for this.” She looks forward to having “something that is mine … that is stable for my family.”
Tasha looks forward to experiencing this stability that impacts hardworking moms and their families for generations to come.
Ty’jhaya is even more excited than her mother. She already has plans for her new room and can’t wait to put up posters of her favorite things.
She also can’t wait to safely ride her bike in the park by their new home. Right now, she can only ride her bike in the parking lot at the apartment complex where they live.
With the support and generosity of Home Federal Bank, Tasha and Ty’jhaya will soon have their own home and yard for Ty’jhaya to grow and play.
*City of Knoxville, The Affordable Housing Crisis in Knoxville, 2017