Habitat for Humanity Plans Largest Area Development in Bessemer

Habitat for Humanity still tries to use volunteers to build low-income houses in its subdivision project. Photo from Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham.

A $25 million development in Bessemer’s Hopewell community will be Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham’s biggest project, yet.

“We’ve done a number of different developments, but this would be our largest,” says Charles Moore, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham.

The development will include 125 new houses.

“The most we’ve built in any one subdivision is 75,” Moore says. “Most of them have been a little smaller, in the 20-40 range.”

Site preparation for the project is underway, with construction on the houses slated to begin in the fall.

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The development will include houses at three different price points, including traditional Habitat houses for low-income families.

“You won’t know driving down the street which houses are low-income housing and which are not,” Moore says. “There will be no difference in the houses other than size. It’s good for a community to blend everything in.”

Habitat also has a $2 million project set to begin in April in Birmingham’s East Lake neighborhood. That development includes 16 new houses.

“The need for quality, affordable housing is outpacing supply,” Moore says. “The Coronavirus pandemic has increased the demand for affordable housing further. Home matters now more than ever.”

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