The Works, Inc.
1471 Genesis Circle
Memphis, TN 38106
901.946.9675 | voice
901.946.6749 | facsimile
Deputy Executive Director
Dexter Washigton- Chair
Wooten- Vice Chair
work to rebuild, restore and renew our community’s families,
and the environments in which they live through housing, economic
development, and social services.
Inc. is a community development corporation serving South Memphis,
Tennessee and the Greater Memphis area. We are dedicated to
the holistic renaissance of our community through the provision
of services in areas of housing, economic development, education,
and advocacy. The vision of The Works, Inc. is to usher in the
total, holistic, and healthful renaissance of our targeted community
in South Memphis; to deliver its very rebirth.
Works, Inc., a United Way Agency, along with its partners –
City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development,
Seedco, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, SunTrust Bank,
Regions Bank, the Shelby County Department of Housing, and HUD
– are working together to make affordable housing attainable
in the South Memphis community.
The neighborhood boundaries are E. Trigg, Lauderdale
Street, Person Street, and I-240. CLICK
HERE to get boundary map.
In July 1999, we were approved as a Community
Housing Development Organization. In February 2003, they were
certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development
and by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency as a comprehensive
counseling center. A particular emphasis of The Works –
as its charter states – is “the development, ownership,
and operation of housing for low and moderate income families
and persons, and elderly and/or handicapped low and moderate
income families and persons, under private and/or governmental
housing programs.” To that end, The Works has developed
32 single-family homes for affordable homeownership, 11 of which
were rehabilitated homes. In May of 2002 The Works also opened
Alpha Renaissance Apartments. This 80-unit development was constructed
using Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, and services the rental
housing needs of households at 60% or below of the Memphis Median
Area Income as defined by HUD.
to provide a suite of services complimentary to affordable housing,
The Works has expanded its offered services beyond housing construction
Counseling - The Works offers free comprehensive
housing counseling services for residents of the City of
Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee. This program provides
high quality, customized counseling services to clients
based on their individual needs and goals. Available counseling
topics include: Financial Literacy Training, Credit Counseling,
Rental Counseling, Pre-Purchase Counseling, Post-Purchase
Counseling, and Mortgage Default / Foreclosure Prevention
Home Repair Services - Through this program The
Works provides minor home repair services to low-and moderate-
income elderly homeowners in the City of Memphis at no charge.
Currently in its fifth year, this program has assisted over
179 homeowners in receiving badly needed repairs to their
homes. The program is specifically dedicated to addressing
critical needs and focuses on trouble areas including leaking
roofs, plumbing problems, heating and cooling, electrical
of Success Learning Academy - The Works acts as
the founding corporate sponsor of this Memphis Charter school.
The mission of the Circles of Success Learning Academy is
to educate the whole child to function productively at the
middle and secondary schools levels and ultimately in a
global, pluralistic, technologically advanced society. The
school is designed to offer an alternative route to excellence
in education for student in grades K-5, to holistically
encircle students with the models, methods, and academic
means of success, with special accommodations for students
who are at risk of not fulfilling their full potential in
traditional educational settings.
Mortgage Education Partnership - This program is
an extension of our counseling services, which sees The
Works to provide credit counseling and homebuyer education
counseling services for low- and moderate- income clients
of Regions Mortgage in the Memphis market.
Works, Inc. Website
781 S. Parkway