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In 1996, Fairview partnered with the City of Johnson City’s Community Development Department to purchase a 24-unit apartment building – The Downtown Apartments - located at 241 West Main St. in Johnson City. Fairview was the co-recipient, along with the City of Johnson City, of a HOME Grant for $420,000 in renovation funds through the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.
This project is focused on the needs of low-income people in transition to permanent housing. The building, which was near condemnation at the time of purchase, has been brought to current code and put back into use for this critically needed segment of housing. This site also hosts a community center, which is available for various programs and ministries. The total renovation cost of this property was $715,000. Fairview Housing has recently began the process of requesting funds for homeless veterans, both male and female, who are in need of a transitional or permanent place to live and a program to follow to insure their recovery and reincorporation into the community. The Downtown Apartments were sold in 2014.
Harmony Ridge is a 92-lot single-family home development in Kingsport, Tennessee. The development is designed for low-income purchasers, first time homebuyers, as well as young family "move-up" buyers. It is a family oriented neighborhood. Funds generated from the sale of homes go to provide capacity for Fairview’s other programs. Fairview has entered into an agreement with a local not-for-profit community development corporation and a private contractor to provide homes to low-income families using grants to reduce interest rates and/or loan principal balance, pay down payments and closing costs.
Twin Oaks Village, is an 80-unit, low-income rental housing property in Greeneville, Tennessee. Twin Oaks received 100% project-based rental assistance through HUD’s 221(D)3 program. Following acquisition, Fairview acted as the contractor for substantial renovations and conducted a series of community resident initiatives aimed at improving quality of life by empowering tenants. Twin Oaks was sold in 2006.
In 1997, Fairview became one of HUD’s Neighborhood Networks, a program designed to enhance the self-sufficiency, employability, and economic self-reliance of low-income families and the elderly living in HUD-insured and assisted properties. With education a key to providing a better future for at-risk families, a joint venture with Lakewood Village Apartments (a 105-unit Section 8 family property located in Johnson City) enabled Fairview to sponsor a Neighborhood Networks Computer Learning Center. The program was not directly funded by the federal government but materialized through the generosity of local businesses, schools, community organizations, churches, corporations and foundations.
In addition to providing less-fortunate school children with freetime to learn and build their computer skills, the center has enabled parents to attain their GEDs and gain new job training skills. The Neighborhood Network Computer Learning Center is the only program of its kindin Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Interest generated by the computer lab has also drawn community participation in other programs.
In 2001, Fairview assisted The Crumley House Brain Injury Center as grantwriter and sponsor of its newly occupied facility in Limestone, Tennessee. The facility has a day center for the rehabilitation of brain-injured individuals, a transitional living facility that will serve to re-train brain-injured individuals for independent living, and a therapeutic horse-riding center and stables. Cost of the new facility was $2.6 million. Fairview assisted The Crumley House in obtaining a HOME Grant through the Tennessee Housing Development Agency as part of the total development cost.
Fairview has also worked in partnership with East Tennessee State University, Milligan College, Emmanuel School of Religion, and Tusculum College to provide leadership and guidance for community service projects and classroom service-learning courses. One service-learning course, a graduation requirement at Tusculum College, has taught the transformation of preconceived attitudes and prejudices toward commitments of service leadership. It is our strong belief that through our educational investments, we can provide a hopeful future for the individuals we serve.