Habitat recognized for adopting national standards

Blount County Habitat for Humanity was recognized for meeting national standards. Receiving the award are, from left, Laura Sinclair, Director of THDA Single Family Programs; David Bonewitz, Family Services Director of Blount County Habitat; and Jayna Bower, Director of NeighborWorks Center for Homeownership Education and Counseling.

Blount County Habitat for Humanity was recognized for meeting national standards. Receiving the award are, from left, Laura Sinclair, Director of THDA Single Family Programs; David Bonewitz, Family Services Director of Blount County Habitat; and Jayna Bower, Director of NeighborWorks Center for Homeownership Education and Counseling.

Blount County Habitat for Humanity recently was recognized by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) for adopting the National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling.

“As the link between counseling/education and sustainable homeownership becomes increasingly clear, it is essential that homeownership education and counseling agencies ensure their services are of the highest quality, “ said Laura Sinclair, director of the Single Family Program at THDA.

David Bonewitz, Family Services Director of Blount County Habitat, said adopting the standards required his organization to meet core operating standards in the areas of competency, skills, training, certification, continuing education, and homeownership program operations, as well as ethics and conduct.

“In order to best serve our clients, our agency has made a commitment to adopt and adhere to these professional standards,” Bonewitz said. “Homeownership is one of the largest investments our customers will make and we want to help them protect that investment.”

Area residents interested in Blount County Habitat’s programs can reach Bonewitz at 865-982-8717.

Blount County Habitat was recognized for adopting the National Industry Standards at THDA’s regional Homebuyer Education Initiative Peer Session in Knoxville. Other east Tennessee agencies also recognized for adopting the Standards include Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise; Clinch Powell RC & D; Knox Housing Partnership; and, Knoxville Area Urban League.

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