History 

CNE was born out of Vision 2000, a planning process for Chattanooga's future – a future that would include comprehensive neighborhood revitalization at the center of its vision for improving housing conditions in the city.

CNE opened its doors in 1986 with a mission to provide all Chattanoogans the opportunity to live in decent, fit and affordable housing and, in the process, eliminate substandard housing in Chattanooga. Through the years, we have impacted over 10,000 families.

1984 

Jim Rouse, Founder of the Enterprise Foundation, visits Chattanooga and encourages the city to make housing a priority.

1986 

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise is incorporated with the mission of making all Chattanooga housing decent, fit and affordable. 

1992

National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials merit award for project design for the Lincoln Park and Oak Hill Neighborhood Revitalization projects.

1994

Published the FasTrack to Homeownership homebuyer education curriculum, which became a national standard in homeownership education.

Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence for Small Scale Residential Development for Orchard Village.

Mortgage Bankers Association of America National Affordable Housing Award for Homeownership Housing Production.

Chartered as the first affiliate member of the NeighborWorks America network of neighborhood revitalization organizations.

1993-1995 

Led the nation in providing affordable housing for low-to medium-income families, investing over $29 million in home purchases and assisting over 600 new homeowners.

1995

Approved as the first nonprofit FHA Direct Endorsement Lender in the nation by the Federal Housing Administration.

HUD recognizes CNE’s work in homeownership promotion and preservation and its “extraordinary partnership” with the City of Chattanooga.

1997 

The NeighborWorks America Campaign for Homeownership ranks CNE No. 1 nationally among 117 participating organizations.

Chattanooga wins the John J. Gunther Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors for affordable housing.

1998

Launched the CNE Homeownership Center in partnership with the NeighborWorks America National Campaign for Homeownership.

Organized the Chattanooga Community Development Financial Institution chartered by the U.S. Treasury Department.

2000 

Initiated the revitalization of Cowart Place, a mixed income affordable housing project featuring 35 units of housing.

2001-2004 

Supporters contributed over 1.3 Million to establish the CNE Gift Loan Fund.

2008 

Reached 25,000 in sales of FasTrack to Homeownership homebuyer education manuals.

2009 

Reached $10 million in loans made to small businesses by CNE’s Chattanooga Community Development Financial Institution.

Launched the Chattanooga Foreclosure Prevention Hotline.

Provided foreclosure intervention counseling to 216 Chattanooga families who were at risk of foreclosure.

2010 

Received the Excellence Award for Outstanding Example of Urban Infill Housing for the Jefferson Heights Revitalization – presented by the Chattanooga Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency.

Launched $1.3 million Innovate Here loan fund supporting businesses relocating to Main Street in the Southside.

2012 

Received Tennessee's Best Award for Excellence in Partnership from THDA for our revitalization of N. Holly Street in Bushtown.

2013 

Re-launched the Housing Info line website and released updated Rentwise! handbook about tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities in Chattanooga.

Completed the re:NOVATE campaign to invest $1 million in Chattanooga's neighborhoods through renovation loans to low income residents.

2014

Received Urban Loan Production Award, Total Loan Production Award, and Rural Loan Production Award from Tennessee Housing Development Agency.

2015

Rated Strong by NeighborWorks America.

Launched Money School, an annual free financial day.

2016

Rated Exemplary by NeighborWorks America.