East Tennessee Foundation

Keeping 6,000 Families in Homes During Hard Times

By LeeAnne Lang, Bechtel Group Foundation operations manager
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There’s no place like home for sheltering in place, but the economic upheaval from the global pandemic is making it harder to hold onto those homes.

“A short-term loss of income can turn into a long-term catastrophe if a family loses their housing,” says Annie Cacheiro, executive director of Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties (ADFAC). The nonprofit currently serves two counties in eastern Tennessee, an area with a history of economic hardship.

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