Birmingham, Alabama -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1
Valarie Bogar stands on the foundation of her new home, which will be finished during the 2010 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Birmingham, Ala.
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Habitat for Humanity Greater Birmingham
A rotating crew of more than 400
10 new-home construction, 10 A Brush with Kindness repairs and eight rehabs.
About the build site
Of the 400-plus volunteers expected in Birmingham during the Carter Work Project, Habitat expects 225 local recruits and about 175 out-of-towners.
The Carters will be among those volunteers for one day, as will a few other celebrities, including musician Garth Brooks.
“People are still calling to see if they can come swing a hammer with Habitat here,” said Beth Jerome, vice president of marketing and development for Habitat Greater Birmingham. “Our philosophy? The more, the merrier! We look forward to welcoming everyone to Birmingham as we shape the future of 28 families and revitalize these communities.”
Construction of six of the 10 new houses will take place in Wylam, where Habitat is building 38 houses in a new development called Wylam Oaks. Until Habitat began building here in 2008, it had been decades since construction of any type had taken place in this depressed community. Now a new K-8 school is nearly complete about half a mile down the road from Wylam Oaks.
A Brush with Kindness repairs will focus on nearby Fairfield, where low-income homeowners will receive vital exterior repairs to keep their houses safe and their community vibrant. The four remaining new-construction homes will also be built in Fairfield. Rehab projects, funded through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, will take place in several neighborhoods in the northern part of Birmingham.
Habitat Greater Birmingham was established in 1987 and has helped provide housing for more than 1,500 people since then.
For more information, visit www.habitatbirmingham.org.