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In 1964, the Economic Opportunities Act of 1964 created two agencies focused on enhancing and empowering communities in the Northeast Tennessee region. In the fall of 1973, those two agencies merged to form the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency.

For over 50 years, UETHDA has strived to empower the clients they reach and enhance the communities within the Northeast Tennessee area. This drive to serve continues to guide them today. They serve eight counties with over 10 programs that cater to all age groups.

These programs were created with hearts and minds set on providing any individual with the necessary skills and resources to reach their greatest potentials. Aspiring to improve communities through collaborative efforts, and support with our exemplary, essential and distinct services, the agency has helped people and changed the lives of many.

From its humble beginnings consisting of Conduct and Administration, and a summer Head Start Program, UETHDA has grown to an annual budget of $16 million. However, real community impact is not measured in dollars – it is measured in the positive changes that occur in people’s lives because of what Community Action helps them accomplish.

Mission Statement

The mission of Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency, Inc. is to provide education, direction and support to individuals, families and organizations in order to strengthen and stabilize the community through collaborative efforts of agency programs and cooperative partnerships.

Vision Statement

The vision of UETHDA, Inc. is to be the model agency for the community, state and nation by:

Valuing the intrinsic worth of each individual, family and organization

Supporting the community through exemplary, essential and distinct services

Empowering clients to reach their greatest potential

Enhancing community partnerships through collaborative efforts

Fostering a seamless continuum of care to clients 

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place in which to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

The Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency is proud to be a part of the Community Action Partnership.

The service areas of Community Action Agencies (CAAs) cover 99% of the nation’s counties. Our agencies are connected by a national network that includes the Community Action Partnership national association, regional associations, state associations, a national lobbying organization, and a national association of Community Service Block Grant administrators.

CAAs are a primary source of direct support for the more than 34.5 million people who live in poverty in the United States.