United Housing Inc. is preparing to move from its Midtown offices at 51 N. Cooper St. to 2750 Colony Park Drive, near the old Mall of Memphis site in the Oakhaven/Parkway Village area.
The nonprofit housing agency sent a letter out to partners asking for donations to aid in the move, which is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 19.
United Housing currently rents its 2,400-square-foot space on Cooper from Loeb Properties Inc. United Housing will buy its new space in south central Memphis, which measures 7,200 square feet.
“We are going to go ahead and purchase it because for a long time we’ve needed space,” said Anne Meadors, housing production manager for United Housing. “We searched all over Midtown and either everything was too expensive, or it needed so much upgrade that it wasn’t cost-effective.
Now in its 18th year of operation, United Housing targets its services to families that are underserved by the traditional homeownership industry. The organization also contributes to area redevelopment, offers homebuyer education, credit counseling and affordable lending products to low to moderate first-time homebuyers.
Meadors said the bigger space will allow United Housing to triple its classroom size and accommodate more people for its Hardest Hit Fund classes as well as Homebuyer Education counseling. The new digs will also be more comfortable for United Housing’s staff.
“Nobody has an office over here hardly, except for counseling people,” Meadors said. “Right now, it’s not really cubicles, but we’re just in a big, open room for the most part. So now we’ll be able to have our own space.”