All-Star Build: Tuscaloosa
April 27, 2011, forever changed the city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Late that afternoon, a tornado ripped through the town, destroying more than 4,000 homes and killing 53 people.
Of those 4,000 homes, roughly 70 percent provided shelter for low income families, leaving the people who could least afford to rebuild with little more than debris and uncertainty about their futures.
Alberta City, an east Tuscaloosa community, sustained some of the most devastating damage as a result of the tornado. Apartment complexes, schools, churches, businesses — all were demolished in what seemed like a blink of an eye.
For the Johnson, Wells, Jemison and Welch families, the All-Star Build and Tuscaloosa Habitat for Humanity offer hope and a new, affordable home in Alberta City.
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