Groundbreaking ceremony for 86 new homes on Ensley - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Groundbreaking ceremony for 86 new homes on Ensley

Posted: Updated:

Home ownership strengthens communities, builds pride, and gives children stable environments.

Sometimes the hurdles to owning a house become too much for low income Americans to overcome. A new opportunity, however, for home ownership just became available in Ensley.  

Tuxedo Terrace represents hope for a lot of people. Today, there was a groundbreaking ceremony  where 86 houses will eventually stand. The goal is for people to become home owners, who may not otherwise have that opportunity.

"It's good for the community for the people who can't afford the houses and the people who need somewhere to stay. It's good for the neighborhood," said Demetrius Sanders.

He picked up an application hoping is dream of home ownership will come true. He had a house once, but it was foreclosed on.

"It would be a blessing to own a home."

His blessing may be within reach thanks to the Housing Authority of the Birmingham's Lease-purchase Home ownership Program.

Several community members broke new ground at Tuxedo Terrace in Ensely, where construction on 86 single-family homes will begin.

"I think it gives individuals sort of a sense of pride owning their own home being responsible for their own yard, things of that nature," said HABD Chairman Raymond Brooks.

He says programs like this help dispel myths about assisted living.

"When you talk about the housing authority I really done think that there is a stigma I think people don't understand and they always look at that as people with lesser means," said Brooks.

More importantly, it gives communities like this a sense of pride.

"Everyone is deserving of a home and we think it benefits not only that individual but the community as whole," he said.

There's no word yet on when the project will be complete. ABC 33/40 is told the first phase will result in 21 new homes, then they will move forward from there.

For more information go to habd.org

  • Birmingham Area NewsMore>>

  • Concerns raised over qualifications of Birmingham City Schools Employees

    Concerns raised over qualifications of Birmingham City Schools Employees

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:49:04 GMT
    Some community and educational leaders are raising concerns Tuesday regarding the qualifications of administrators in the Birmingham City Schools System.More >>
    Some community and educational leaders are raising concerns Tuesday regarding the qualifications of administrators in the Birmingham City Schools System.More >>
  • Hoover to help fund Galleria flyover completion

    Hoover to help fund Galleria flyover completion

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:51:02 GMT
    Money is finally in place to complete the third and final phase of the Galleria flyover project. The Hoover city council has approved funds to help complete it. The city will pay up to one million dollars. The state is using federal money to cover 80 percent of the costs. Hoover will split the remaining 20 percent with Jefferson County.The project itself is expected to cost between seven and eight million dollars. It will extend Galleria Boulevard from Highway 150 to Old Montgomery Highway...More >>
    Money is finally in place to complete the third and final phase of the Galleria flyover project. The Hoover city council has approved funds to help complete it. The city will pay up to one million dollars. The state is using federal money to cover 80 percent of the costs. Hoover will split the remaining 20 percent with Jefferson County.The project itself is expected to cost between seven and eight million dollars. It will extend Galleria Boulevard from Highway 150 to Old Montgomery Highway...More >>
  • Murder trial underway; suspect faces multiple charges

    Murder trial underway; suspect faces multiple charges

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:47 PM EDT2014-09-16 17:47:13 GMT
    Major Pasley is accused of shooting and killing a man in front of the Birmingham Police Department's Central Headquarters on February 17, 2013.More >>
    Major Pasley is accused of shooting and killing a man in front of the Birmingham Police Department's Central Headquarters on February 17, 2013.
    More >>
  • Anniston - Gadsden Area NewsMore>>

  • Town Hall meeting on police and minority relations

    Town Hall meeting on police and minority relations

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:35 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:35:18 GMT
    In light of the events in Ferguson, Missouri community and police leaders will be participating in a town hall meeting.A number of people will be there from law enforcement to UAB professors. They will be discussing police and minority relations.More >>
    In light of the events in Ferguson, Missouri community and police leaders will be participating in a town hall meeting.A number of people will be there from law enforcement to UAB professors. They will be discussing police and minority relations.More >>
  • Anniston appoints new school board member; discusses school consolidation

    Anniston appoints new school board member; discusses school consolidation

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-09-16 01:13:45 GMT
    The Anniston City Council named a former mayor of Weaver as the city's newest board of education member. Ed Kimbrough will replace Donna Ross, who submitted a letter of resignation two weeks ago as she and her family move out of state. Kimbrough was one of three candidates interviewed by the council for the position, along with former Macon County board of education member Ernest Washington, and Andrew Hatley, who previously served on both the Anniston City Council and Board of Education.More >>
    The Anniston City Council named a former mayor of Weaver as the city's newest board of education member. Ed Kimbrough will replace Donna Ross, who submitted a letter of resignation two weeks ago as she and her family move out of state. Kimbrough was one of three candidates interviewed by the council for the position, along with former Macon County board of education member Ernest Washington, and Andrew Hatley, who previously served on both the Anniston City Council and Board of Education.More >>
  • Should law enforcement be able to use military equipment?

    Should law enforcement be able to use military equipment?

    Friday, September 12 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-09-12 20:10:46 GMT
    Events in Ferguson, Missouri sparked a debate about law enforcement's use of military equipment. Local agencies say for them, it's about protection.  More >>
    Events in Ferguson, Missouri sparked a debate about law enforcement's use of military equipment. Local agencies say for them, it's about protection.  More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...