100 Houses Creating New Neighborhood in Jacksonville
The second stop for the Jimmy Carter Work Project 2000 will be Jacksonville, Fla., home of Habitat for Humanity Jacksonville -- also known as HabiJax. President Carter will build with thousands of Jacksonville volunteers on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Carter's one-day appearance will occur in the middle of HabiJax's three-week, 100-house blitz build.
All 100 houses are being built in a new development in Jacksonville known as Fairway Oaks. Work is well underway in this brand-new neighborhood of simple, decent homes where a run-down apartment building once stood. HabiJax is building the Fairway Oaks project in partnership with the Northeast Florida Builders Association. The Association brought 22 builders together to provide their expertise and supervision at no cost.
Volunteers for the build are being drawn from a wide cross-section of the community. An estimated 2,000-3,000 volunteers are from the corporate community plus thousands more from nearby naval bases. Area churches are sponsoring at least six of the homes, and their congregations will also be well represented.
Fairway Oaks will be the first-ever Habitat neighborhood to be a "gated community." It will include a community center, children's play area and a ball park. Habitat homeowners will share their new neighborhood with residents of the Jacksonville Housing Authority.
HabiJax is the top-producing Habitat affiliate in the United States, having built more than 500 houses since its founding in 1989. The affiliate is credited with revitalizing the northwest side of Jacksonville, where -- with the Fairway Oaks houses -- there will soon be 250 Habitat homes within a two-mile radius.