Habitat for Humanity budget tutor discusses how classes help families

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Friday is the blitz build for the 500th Habitat for Humanity home in Knoxville. Tim and Tatenna Lanxter are the recipients of the new house in North Knoxville.

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Budget tutor Dale Teague has been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity for a decade, walking families through budget classes. Teague says the classes provide more stability for the families. More than 90 percent of them report feeling better about their future and their children’s future than they did before completing the education program and becoming homeowners. Seventy-nine percent report that they continue to live on the budget they learned to develop in their education program.

Teague also says a family’s sense of dignity and pride grows: Habitat homeowners reveal a 45 percent decrease in the use of public assistance programs, and over 55 percent of family partners report that they save more money since becoming homeowners.

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