Tim Bolding was an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis and founder of United Housing. In his time as the Executive Director of United Housing spanning twenty-one years, Tim and his organization helped over 6,800 individuals purchase homes in Shelby County. While he dedicated his life’s work to helping the greater Memphis community, he spent his time at the University of Memphis engaging and challenging his students to do the same.
As the founding director of United Housing, Inc. (UHI), Tim led the transformation of community development in Memphis. His vision for an engaged model of affordable housing development and homeownership training became a driving force in how many of Memphis’ CDC’s operated and leveraged community assets. He grew this model to include not only training for prospective buyers and the development of affordable homes but also established lending resources for those often unable to qualify in the traditional market. The impact of his leadership can be seen in the ongoing work of UHI and the impact on the lives of over 6,800 individuals and families who received homeownership counseling and the over 2500 homes purchased with assistance from UHI in Memphis and Shelby County.
For over 30 years, Tim built a system of engaged scholarship through internships and student engagement opportunities at UHI. While increasing home ownership may be Bolding's biggest impact, what he did to build the young leadership throughout the community truly stands out.
This scholarship was created by Paige (Beverly) Walkup, ANTH ‘99, the University of Memphis Anthropology faculty, and its Community Advisory Board to honor Tim Bolding and his legacy. For more information on Tim’s life go to: https://www.uhinc.org/about/tribute-to-tim-bolding