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Through Teach for America, Lukas Alfen has worked as a geometry and science teacher at Woodstock Middle School in Millington, Tenn., for the past year. In January, Lukas reached out to UHI Executive Director Tim Bolding about financial literacy for youth programming. The meeting resulted in Tim Bolding speaking to Lukas' class on financial literacy for youth. Following the presentation, both Lukas and Tim were surprised by the lack of knowledge these students had on money management.

We'd like to introduce our first in our Community Builder Series, in which we highlight volunteers and donors. Teresa Cheeks Wilson, Senior Community Development Specialist at Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Memphis Branch, has been a United Housing Supporter for more than 3 years. She sits on the UHI Board of Directors, and is one of our most active volunteers, especially at community events!

To cap off NeighborWorks America’s NeighborWorks Week, United Housing is hosting a Neighbor to Neighbor Community Fair in Frayser on Saturday, June 13! The fair is in conjunction with the Frayser Community Development Corporation (Frayser CDC) and the office of Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir. This free event will take place between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at New Hope Christian Academy, located at 3000 University Street, Memphis, TN 38127.

Getting Started in Financial Literacy

Did you know that the month of April is National Financial Literacy Month? Priscilla Reed, Special Projects Coordinator at United Housing, Inc., shares her knowledge as a certified financial capability counselor in the following blog post.

Join us for our Open House at our Wolf River Bluffs development in Frayser on Sunday, April 26 from 2-4 p.m. Located close to Midtown and just eight minutes from downtown, this development allows access to wooded parkland, providing a rural feeling in an urban setting. Starting at $129,000, these MLGW EcoBUILD certified homes feature an eco-friendly design with solar generated electricity, which can save the homeowner up to $50 per month in utility costs.

Hi, I'm Amy Schaftlein, Development and Communications Director at United Housing. Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend the People and Places Conference in Washington D.C. thanks to our partner organization, Livable Memphis. Livable Memphis sent me on a scholarship as an employee of United Housing, a member organization, and board member. I attended seven sessions covering housing and community development policy and advocacy and will share with you insights on these sessions through a lens of both a UHI employee and a volunteer on Livable Memphis board and Policy Sub-committee.

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