2023 Project Story: Appalachia

In 2018, U.S. Census data showed that 11.4 percent of families in the United States live in poverty. In the Appalachian region, this number is even higher—the Appalachian Regional Commission reported 16 percent of families to experience poverty. In East Tennessee, many people live without electricity, water, and other basic necessities. Others live with large roof leaks, incomplete siding, or low accessibility accommodations that have become safety hazards.

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) believes that shelter is a basic need and that all people should have access to affordable, safe, and sanitary living conditions. They work to make homes warmer, safer, and drier for families throughout this region. ASP has been serving the community for over 52 years, and HXP is excited to partner with them for a third year.

This summer, Builders will be working in an area called the Appalachian Highlands, on the eastern end of Tennessee. They will work to provide many kinds of critical home repairs, including fixing leaky roofs, soft floors, and unsafe porches and stairs. The service efforts of these Builders will enable individuals and families to enjoy a safe, livable home environment—in some cases, for the first time in generations.

Source: Appalachia Service Project