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Knoxville Habitat for Humanity and the craft beer community team up to craft homes and hope
April Timko
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The House that Beer Built project brings Knoxville breweries together for families in need of affordable housing.


[Knoxville, Tenn.] (July, 18, 2017) – Knoxville’s local craft beer community is collaborating with Knoxville Habitat for Humanity to help address the need for affordable housing in the community where they live, work and play.

The House that Beer Built is a fun and exciting series of events that brings breweries and local craft beer taprooms together to help build homes with two hardworking families in need of safe and affordable housing.

Knoxville Habitat for Humanity is one of the first Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the U.S. to launch the House that Beer Built event. Other affiliates, including Fort Collins, Colorado and Austin, Texas, have successfully built homes through projects of the same name.

Participating breweries and taprooms will hold events to raise a goal of $80,000 needed to construct two homes. The first of the event series and official kickoff for fundraising begins at Bearden Beer Market on Tuesday, August 22. A full list of events will be available on housethatbeerbuilt.com.

The House that Beer Built project takes place at a time when the Knoxville craft beer industry is rapidly growing, and local brewers are excited to give back to their community.

“The House that Beer Built project goes right along with our active beer culture and brings the community together for one common goal: Making sure two hardworking families in need of safe, affordable homes realize their dreams,” said Chris Morton of Alliance Brewing Company, Bearden Beer Market, and Laundry. “I encourage everyone to get involved, especially those that support Knoxville breweries and an active lifestyle in Knoxville.”

Kelle Shultz, President/CEO of Knoxville Habitat for Humanity, sees The House that Beer Built as an opportunity for beer lovers to learn more about how important it is to stay involved in helping others and incorporate community service into their active lifestyles.

“The Knoxville craft beer community encourages a culture of staying active, which goes hand in hand with Habitat’s mission of putting ‘God’s love into action to build homes, communities and hope.’ When new volunteers and supporters experience the fulfillment of building a Habitat home with a special family, they begin to understand firsthand how we can all change lives together and have fun doing it,” said Shultz.

No construction skills are necessary to participate in The House that Beer Built project. For participating breweries, an upcoming list of events, and information on how to volunteer or donate, visit housethatbeerbuilt.com.


About Knoxville Habitat for Humanity

Knoxville Habitat for Humanity is an independent, non-profit, Christian housing ministry that partners with people of all beliefs. Knoxville Habitat has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1985 and builds decent and affordable homes in partnership with people in need.

Families are very much invested in the process of buying their new homes, and they pay mortgages like anyone with a traditional home loan. In addition to their mortgage, each family must contribute 500 hours of sweat equity as a down payment before they can move in, most of which are spent in classes learning how to budget and become a responsible homeowner. Volunteers and future homeowners provide the labor in building the homes, while tax-deductible donations of money, land and materials are provided by individuals, organizations and corporations. Knoxville Habitat has built more than 540 homes in Knox County. For more information or to donate, visit knoxvillehabitatforhumanity.com.

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