History of United Faith Housing Corporation

During the summer of 1972, thirteen churches in the Anderson area formed a not-for-profit corporation for the purpose of meeting some of the unmet housing needs of elderly citizens.

The purpose of the corporation was “…to provide persons over 62 with housing facilities and services specially designed to meet their spiritual, social, physical, and psychological needs and to promote their health, security, happiness, and usefulness in longer living.”

To further these purposes, United Faith Housing Corporation joined with the Harter Memorial Trust Committee in accomplishing the following:

  1.) $750,000 loan from the Harter Trust to assist United Faith Housing in building a 90 unit apartment complex;

  2.)A lease agreement with the Harter Trust for 25 studio apartments to be occupied by low income women.

Combining the resources from the Harter Trust, the Member Congregations, Community Contributions, and Mortgages from five local lending institutions, United Faith Housing saw a dream become reality in the completion of the Isabel Harter House on March 7, 1977.

Ongoing financial support from the churches, the Harter Trust, and the community gave United Faith Housing the necessary assistance to continue with a very successful ministry at the Isabel Harter House. To promote the ministry even further, the Isabel Society was formed in 1979. Its purpose is to actively perpetuate the Harter House through public awareness and fundraising with such activities as the Box Luncheon and individual memberships in the Society.

In 1981, United Faith Housing established a special task force to continue the study of community needs that might best be met by endeavors of United Faith Housing. One facet of the study revealed the need for an organization to assume the management of an older facility in downtown Anderson that was primarily housing older, retired residents. Consequently, on March 1, 1985, United Faith Housing expanded its ministry by purchasing the Beverly Terrace Apartments.

Recently, another unique situation became known to UFHC whereby there would be the opportunity for UFHC to minister to the needs of those persons who can no longer handle the independence required at Harter House and Beverly Terrace, but who don’t need a nursing facility. This “Post Independent” living arrangement would be designed as “Assisted Living”, to be named Vermillion Place and built on the former E.G. Vernon & Son site.