Fair Housing Month

April is Fair Housing Month!

Fair housing means that we as citizens are all able to have equal opportunity at a suitable home and neighborhood for our family. Below you will find everything you need to know about Fair Housing Month, including contact information for use if you believe you have experienced any discrimination.

The City of Chattanooga's Fair Housing Program works to be sure that every citizen is given a fair chance at owning a home. The fair housing law prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental of housing based on seven protected classes:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • National Origin
  • Sex
  • Disability
  • Familial Status

Discrimination is defined as:
the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of these protected classes.

Rules of the law apply to anyone involved in the home buying process. Implementation of the law applies to financial institutions, real estate brokers, builders, operations, developers, insurance agents, owners or managers of rental units, and individual owners who advertise their home. The City of Chattanooga's Fair Housing Opportunities Ordinance mirrors Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which prohibits unlawful discrimination in housing.

To File Complaints:

State Contact:

Tennessee Human Rights Commission
Andrew Johnson Building, Suite 100
710 James Robertson Pkwy.
Nashville, TN 37243-1219
(615) 741-5825
www.tn.gov/humanrights

City of Chattanooga Contact:

Antonia Morgan - Compliance Officer
City of Chattanooga
(423) 643-8240
amorgan@chattanooga.gov

To report discrimination locally you can also visit this website,  or call the anonymous Hotline at 1-877-338-4452

Meet the Valentine's Mini-Market Vendors!

Meet the Valentine's Mini-Market Vendors!

This Saturday, February 11th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., head to Highland Park for a very special Valentine’s Day Mini-Market!

This market is the perfect opportunity to support local, community businesses while shopping for your valentine! The goal is to stimulate interest in community businesses while strengthening neighbor to neighbor relationships. Come check out this event for some FREE hot chocolate and the opportunity to purchase local artisan goods. Show some local love!

We are thankful for RENEWfor sharing their space with us, and our partners Empower Chattanooga and the Highland Park Neighborhood Association. Find out more about our great vendors below!  

The Importance of Home at the Holidays

The Importance of Home at the Holidays

In 2008, Griselda Mae experienced the loss of her husband. Going from two incomes to one really put a financial strain on her, and by 2013 she was at a point wondering not only how she would make ends meet; but how would she be able to keep her home because her husband's income is what supported the mortgage. After speaking with a friend about her situation her friend told her about CNE. Griselda decided to reach out to CNE and see if she would qualify for assistance. 

Add the NeighborWorks book to your holiday shopping list

Add the NeighborWorks book to your holiday shopping list

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) is featured in the new book, NeighborWorks Works: Practical Solutions from America’s Community Development Network. The book highlights innovative solutions to affordable housing and community development challenges from the NeighborWorks America network of local nonprofits. The book is out now on Amazon.com.

Turning on the Lights

Turning on the Lights

Project Porchlight is a pledge made by residents of Highland Park and Ridgedale to keep their porch light on through the night due to lack of street lights.

The  program encourages and enables residents of Highland Park and Ridgedale to leave their porch lights on all night to increase perceptions of safety through lighting and developing neighborhood relationships, advocate for energy-efficient practices, and create more socially engaged, inclusive neighborhoods

Breakfast in the Garden

Breakfast in the Garden

What could be better than donuts + coffee + music in a garden?

During a recent Wednesday morning we met at Taking Root Community Garden, located at the corner of Main St. and Watkins St, for a special performance by OneBeat, an organization dedicated to cultivating a pioneering international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music. 

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise receives $10,000 grant from NeighborWorks America to pursue board excellence

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise receives $10,000 grant from NeighborWorks America to pursue board excellence

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) received a $10,000 grant from NeighborWorks America in recognition of its work in in the 18-month NeighborWorks Excellence in Governance program, which is designed to build a stronger and more effective board of directors with an emphasis on improving community-level outcomes. In short, the program is designed to move organizations and their boards from “good" to "great.” 

Know Your Neighborhood: San Marcos Restaurant

Know Your Neighborhood: San Marcos Restaurant

How can we bring people together?

This was the question that we were trying to answer a couple months ago with Emerson and Khristy from the Highland Park Neighborhood Association.

The answer we all agreed on? FOOD! Great food. Food that is accessible. Not just because (but partially because) we all love to eat, but because of the opportunities that food gives us. Our community needs the ability to share a meal with other people and this gives a better, and tasty, understanding of another culture. 

CNE Breaks Ground on The Mai Bell in Highland Park

CNE Breaks Ground on The Mai Bell in Highland Park

On Tuesday, September 6th we broke ground on the Mai Bell, a 49-unit, three-story apartment building on Bailey Avenue in Highland Park, with a corner commercial space on the ground floor. This development will bring $4.7 million of investment into the neighborhood while creating much needed affordable and workforce housing. Rents on 11 of the 49 units will start as low as $481 per month for a one bedroom, $652 for a two bedroom and $868 for a three bedroom.

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise Receives Funding to Eliminate Blighted Housing

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise Receives Funding to Eliminate Blighted Housing

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise is the first organization in Hamilton County to participate in the HHF Blight Elimination Program (BEP).  Tennessee’s HHF Blight Elimination Program is administered by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) and funded by the U.S. Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund (HHF).

“As houses deteriorate, they create an unsafe environment for residents and add blight to neighborhoods,” says Martina Guilfoil, president and CEO of CNE. “We see the BEP funds as an opportunity to create new affordable housing in Chattanooga.”