Habitat for Humanity in Northwest Tennessee builds homes for economically disadvantaged families by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.
The organization serves Dyer County, Tenn. where 31.9 percent of low income households, who are renters, pay more than 35 percent of their income on housing.
As a small rural Habitat for Humanity affiliate, the organization faces greater struggles than larger affiliates. It has been unable to secure federal grant funding, because it builds less than three homes per year. As a result the group must rely on smaller grants, individual donations, in-kind donations and the generosity of their local community.
One generous member of the community is NRCA member Fraizer Roofing Co., Dyersburg, Tenn., that has been partnering with Habitat for Humanity in Northwest Tennessee since 2001. Fraizer Roofing has installed 10 roof systems on homes at no cost, and has saved the organization more than $35,000 during the past fourteen years.
Fraizer Roofing’s generosity has helped put a roof over the heads of many families, including:
- A family of three whose home was on the verge of condemnation, and was demolished within a month of moving into their new Habitat home.
- A tornado victim whose home was lost during a storm’s destruction.
- A single full-time working mother and her two children who were homeless and living in a camper trailer without running water for more than a year.
- A retired grandmother who had taken custody of her two young grandsons who lost their mother to cancer.
- A working mother and her four children who had been living in a two bedroom apartment.
“Fraizer Roofing Co. has an impeccable reputation in our community,” says Mary Claire Hopper, executive director for Habitat for Humanity in Northwest Tennessee. “Without the assistance from charitable businesses like Fraizer Roofing, Habitat for Humanity in Northwest Tennessee would not be able to help as many families in need in Dyer County.”