Knoxville Habitat for Humanity building 500th home for family of 6

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – After months of planning, WATE 6 On Your Side now knows the family we will be helping to build a home for this fall. This will be the Knoxville Habitat for Humanity’s 500th home build in Knoxville and WATE 6 On Your Side is honored to partner with them and other sponsors as they continue “building a better future.”

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Tateanna and Tim Lanxter and their family are all smiles. Right now they live in an apartment in North Knoxville, but a house, with bedrooms for everyone, is only a few months away. The mother of four started the habitat process a few years ago, knowing she wanted a better life for her children.

Meet the Lanxter family

“I’ve always grown up in apartments. This will by my actual first house…. home I will be living in,” said Tateanna Lanxter.  “It will be a more safe environment for my kids to go out and play and me being more comfortable sitting out on my porch and watching them.”

This family was so much fun to hang out with, I’m looking forward to learning more about all of them. – Kristin Farley

Follow along with Kristin’s blog on the build

While going through the application process, Tim and Tateanna Lanxter got married. They just celebrated their first anniversary last month. Together they attend the habitat budget and construction classes and together they will put in the 500 hours of service needed before they will buy their own home.

Previous story: Classes, training are ‘backbone’ of how Habitat for Humanity helps families

Space and privacy will be two of the biggest changes. Currently, the Rondrea, 10 and Lazaia, 17, Lanxter have to share a room, despite a pretty big age difference. “I have to watch Disney channel with her, sometimes I would like to watch my owns shows,” said Lazaia Lanxter.

All of the kids athletic and competitive. The small space of their apartment makes simple things like having friends over or playing games almost impossible. “We like playing hide and seek…” said Lazaia Lanxter. “…and it don’t work,” adds her brother, Rondrow Lanxter, 16.

Despite the close quarters, right now there is no shortage of laughter. It doesn’t take much time see that even the kids get that Habitat for Humanity build is life changing. “We never had a father figure here in the house. It was kind of hard, but glad Tim came in, makes her smile every day,” said Rondrow Lanxter about his father

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