Knoxville Area Urban League


Check out our 2016 Annual Report!




High School Students in grades 10 – 12 with 3.0 G.P.A: Click here for National Achievers 2017-2018 Application and here for information letter.




2 New Housing Programs Available to Assist You!

Principal Reduction Recast Program with Lien Extinguishment (PRRPLE):

This program is for qualifying homeowners who are facing financial hardship, through no fault of their own, which resulted in a loss of income due to the death of a spouse, divorce or underemployment.

The goal of the program is to reduce delinquencies and foreclosures by lowering mortgage payments to affordable levels for homeowners who have encountered a financial burden due to an eligible hardship, including but not limited to homeowners who are living on social security, long-term disability or other fixed income source.

The application portal will open on March 1, 2017. For more information please visit

HHF Down Payment Assistance –

THDA recently announced the HHF Down Payment Assistance Program for home buyers in the following zip codes: 37912, 37914, 37917, 37921, and 37924.

How it works: If you qualify for a Great Choice Home Loan, you can apply for a $15,000 to assist with down payments and closing costs. If you are approved, the $15,000 comes in a forgivable second mortgage with 0% interest and no monthly payments for the 10 year term. For more information click here.

How we can help: As you are applying for your home, we offer a First-Time Home Buyers Workshop (Home Ownership Workshop) which will assist you in meeting all requirements for the FHA and THDA loans. We can also assist you in filling out the HHF Down Payment Assistance Application.

The 2016 Equal Opportunity Awards!

Thank you to everyone who celebrated good times with us this year at The Gala, our most significant fundraising event of the year. Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Year, Minority Business, Corporate Leadership and Whitney M. Young Jr. Lifetime Achievement award winners! The Gala was a huge success! Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 26, 2017 and don’t miss out on this year!


The Gala provides an excellent opportunity for networking with top area business professionals, and an investment in a corporate table is a good investment for local businesses.

Sponsorship/Fundraising is critical to the Urban League’s ability to provide programs and services to the community.

Congratulations Award Recipients!

Each year, we honor individuals and corporations who support equal rights, economic inclusion and diversity! Congratulations Reverend Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Judy Gibson, winner of our most prestigious award, Whitney M. Young Jr. Lifetime Achievement! Click Here to see our Volunteer of the Year, Minority Business, and Corporate Leadership award winners!


We’re Glad You Asked!

Take a quick glance into the Urban League:

What We Do:

workforce orientation 1 (2)Workforce Development:
Worked to provide a skilled and diverse workforce. We provided job counseling to over 325 clients with a 62% increase in employability through workshops, individual and lab instruction, and 81% of clients assisted with developing job search tools and online applications. Access to over 1,200 job postings from over 650 employers with client placement equating to an economic impact of almost $2 million.Housing Development:
Strived to increase homeownership. Over 80 clients completed our First Time Homebuyers seminars firsttime homebuyers1 with 67% purchasing property. Over 100 clients received financial literacy counseling to manage budgets and credit. Financial impact of over $7 million through new home purchases and avoidance of foreclosure.Economic & Business Development:
Invested and supported economic and small business development. In 2014, we deployed over $2 million in capital to start and/or expand business. We increased our loan portfolio by $1 million to $3.43 million.Lee CollegeEducation & Youth:
Enhanced education efforts for our youth.Our flagship program, National Achievers Society provides college tours, behind the scenes tours, life skills and character building.Thank you for your support. Together, we can make a difference!


The Knoxville Area Urban League is authorized for operation as a post-secondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by the Knoxville Area Urban League, please visit

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