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AMES MEADOWS

Current Subdivision
First Home: 2012

ames-meadows-location

Ames Meadows is a subdivision in Lancaster, TX near the intersection of I-20 and I-35E, roughly 15 miles from downtown Dallas. Habitat began construction in this neighborhood with several rehab properties amid the economic downturn, but has constructed several new homes through 2016. Lancaster is one of the earliest settlements in Dallas County and has grown into a city of almost 35,000 people.

25 New Homes, 13 Rehabbed Homes, $4,775,000 Invested

BONTON

Existing Infill Neighborhood
First Home: 1996

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Bonton is a historically African American community that has suffered over the years from neglect. Bounded by Rochester Park, Highway 175 and Bexar Street, Bonton was once home to Turner Courts and Rhoads Terrace, two of Dallas’ oldest, largest and most troubled public housing projects. The two were demolished in 2009 and Buckeye Commons constructed on the Turner Courts site. Flood controls, proximity to the Great Trinity Forest, along with numerous redevelopment activities are coming together to renew this community.

133 New Homes, 39 ABWK Homes, $15,296,000 Invested

CEDAR CREEK RANCH

Cedar Creek Ranch
Existing Subdivision
First Home: 2008

cedar-creek-ranch-location

Cedar Creek Ranch (CCR) is located in South Oak Cliff along I-20 and Bonnie View Road. It is a family friendly neighborhood in close proximity to Paul Quinn College, the University of North Texas at Dallas, and the Dallas Intermodal Terminal. This neighborhood began development when the housing market was at its peak, but development stopped during the market crash, leaving vacant lots, reduced property values, and problems for the neighborhood. Dallas Habitat obtained many of the stagnant lots and constructed new homes.

122 New Homes, $15,395,000 Invested

CITY PLACE

Existing Infill Neighborhood
First Home: 1993

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The Cityplace neighborhood is located in Old East Dallas, close to Downtown Dallas and near Uptown. The area is a designated City of Dallas TIF district and is home to major development such as the Tower at Cityplace and significant new investment in the Cityplace mixed use development. Dallas Habitat built properties in this neighborhood through the 1990’s prior to the new development. The neighborhood has been hit hard with gentrification, and many of the old houses are being torn down to accommodate new townhomes and condos. For the Habitat homeowner who chooses to sell their home, they can expect a high return on their investment.

25 New Homes, $2,020,000 Invested

COLLEGE TERRACE

Existing Subdivision
First Home: 2001

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College Terrace is a development along Pinebrook Dr. near the intersection of I-20 and I-45. The neighborhood is in close proximity to both Paul Quinn College and the University of North Texas at Dallas. Dallas Habitat built in this neighborhood through the early 2000’s. During a Blitz Build, Habitat tried a new construction technique of building the walls beforehand in a “wall shop,” which allowed volunteers to frame a home in a single day. The technique was so successful that it became and continues to be standard for all volunteer builds.

54 New Homes, 1 ABWK Home, $3,470,000 Invested

EAST GARRETT PARK

Existing Infill Neighborhood
First Home: 1990

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East Garrett Park was the first community where Dallas Habitat concentrated construction starting in 1990. The neighborhood is located in Old East Dallas near the John F Kennedy Learning Center off of Greenville and Henderson. The neighborhood is a prime location and has been attracting the attention of condo and townhome developers.

32 New Homes, 1 Rehabbed Home, $3,200,000 Invested

FREEMONT

ABWK Only Neighborhood
First Repair: 2015

freemont-location

Freemont is in South Oak Cliff located east of I-35E off of Kiest Blvd. Tax records showed that many residents in this neighborhood were over 60 years of age, and the majority of homes in this neighborhood needed a lot of work. While Dallas Habitat was unable to expand complete services to the area, the A Brush With Kindness Repair program has been able to reach out to some homeowners in need to repair their homes. This is the first ABWK-only neighborhood in Dallas.

4 ABWK Homes, $40,000 Invested

GRAND PRAIRIE

4 ABWK Homes, $40,000 Invested
Grand Prairie
Intermittent Infill and Subdivision

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Grand Prairie is one of the midcities in the DFW Metroplex. The City of Grand Prairie’s Housing Department invited Dallas Habitat to the city initially to build homes for residents in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. This partnership created homeownership opportunities for those who had been receiving rental assistance. Dallas Habitat has built homes in North Grand Prairie off of I-30 and Belt Line, but has also built a series of duplexes in the Lakewood subdivision.

54 New Homes, 1 ABWK Home, $6,046,000 Invested

GREENLEAF VILLAGE

Current Subdivision
First Home: 2002

greenleaf-village-location

Greenleaf Village is located in West Dallas west of Hampton and just south of the Trinity River. Currently it is composed of two separate but related subdivisions, Greenleaf Village I and Greenleaf Village II. The site used to be home to a large, dilapidated public housing complex and was victim to contamination from the nearby lead smelter. In 1991 the smelter became the nation’s largest EPA Superfund site. After demolition of the old public housing and an environmental clean-up, the area was reimagined to include a homeownership neighborhood of single-family homes. Dallas Habitat, KB Home, and CityView worked together to construct Greenleaf Village I, a mixed-income neighborhood, affordable to working families. It became KB Home’s fastest selling community. Later, Dallas Habitat and other developers returned to construct the second development, Greenleaf Village II.

131 New Homes, $14,190,000 Invested

HICKORY CREEK

Existing Subdivision
First Home: 2011

hickory-creek-location

Hickory Creek is a subdivision located just off of Highway 175 south of I-20. This neighborhood was originally developed during the housing peak. When the market crashed, the area became a “zombie” subdivision, meaning part of the community had been developed, but many of the lots had been left vacant, leading to a loss in property value and an increase in problems such as illegal dumping. Dallas Habitat was able to fill many of these lots and decrease the number of vacancies by 64%.

81 New Homes, $9,880,000 Invested

HORIZON ESTATES

ABWK Only Neighborhood
First Repair: 2015

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Horizon Estates is a small neighborhood in Oak cliff just south of the VA hospital. The typical income in this area is higher than most of Dallas Habitat’s target neighborhoods, but there are also many elderly families who were unable to perform necessary repairs but wanted to eventually pass quality homes on to their adult children. Most homes mostly needed roof and minimal siding repairs, which was a perfect fit for Dallas Habitat’s A Brush With Kindness program.

4 ABWK Homes, $40,000 Invested

IDEAL

Existing Infill Neighborhood
First Home: 1996

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Ideal is both North and East of Highway 175, bounded to the north by Hatcher Street, and bounded to the east by Malcom X Blvd. One of the City of Dallas’ Neighborhood Investment Program neighborhoods, the area has seen significant City investment through housing and commercial development, infrastructure improvements (specifically Bexar Street), increased transportation services, and employment training. Dallas Habitat has completed new construction, repairs, and helped construct a community center in the neighborhood.

21 New Homes, 26 ABWK Homes, $2,869,000 Invested

JOPPA

Current Infill Neighborhood
First Home: 2006

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Joppa sits just north of the intersection of I-45 and Highway 12, nestled next to the Great Trinity Forest, the Trinity River, and Joppa Preserve. This neighborhood was originally settled by freed slaves in the late 1860s. The neighborhood faces challenges arising from large numbers of vacant lots and disinvestment. At the same time, its rural feel in the heart of Dallas provides a very special living environment. Joppa community leaders came to Dallas Habitat about working in the neighborhood. Dallas Habitat began intermittently building in the neighborhood in 2006 and started consistent development in 2015.

97 New Homes, 31 ABWK Homes, $12,531,000 Invested

JUBILEE

Existing Infill Neighborhood
First Home: 1997

jubilee-location

Jubilee is located just north of Fair Park, and bounded by I-30 and East Park Avenue. Part of old East Dallas, Jubilee began to decline when the construction of I-30 isolated the neighborhood in the 1960s and the Ford Motor Plant closed in 1970. The community’s name comes from the St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church decision to celebrate their 50th anniversary by focusing on the neighborhood. The now-thriving neighborhood has seen a significant drop in crime and a community garden for residents to enjoy.

36 Homes Built, $2,900,000 Invested

KLEBERG VILLAS

Future Subdivision

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Kleberg Villas is a subdivision off of Highway 175 and Belt Line Rd South of I-20. It is in an area of significant new mixed-income developments affordable to working families, just a short distance from the Hickory Creek development. The area has several parks and is just a short drive to shopping and other amenities in Seagoville.

LA BARBA

Existing Subdivision
First Home: 1998

la-barba-location

La Barba is a small subdivision just south of I-30 on Lawnview Ave. and bounded by Grove Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. It is just down the road from Fair Park and roughly 10 minutes from downtown Dallas. In the late 1990’s, Dallas Habitat obtained a small cluster of properties along La Barba Cir and constructed the group of homes over a year or two of construction.

15 New Homes, $1,200,000 Invested

LOS ALTOS & LA BAJADA

Current Infill Neighborhoods
First Home: 1986

los-altos-and-la-bajada-location

Los Altos and La Bajada are West Dallas neighborhoods north of Interstate 30 and east of North Hampton Road. Historically, West Dallas has been one of the city’s poorest, most neglected communities. Dallas Habitat built its very first home in Los Altos and has been working to revitalize the neighborhood ever since. With the construction of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge linking West Dallas to downtown, Trinity Groves, and construction of new retail and housing, the area will see great change.

130 New Homes, 57 ABWK Homes, $16,674,000 Invested

LOS ARBOLES

Future Infill Neighborhood

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Los Arboles is a small enclave in West Dallas bounded by Singleton Boulevard, Vilbig Road, the railroad, and Holman Boiler Plant. The neighborhood is anchored by St Mary’s Catholic Church and School, which serves the community. Vecinos Unidos and Dallas Area Habitat formed a partnership in 2011 to revitalize the neighborhood through creating affordable homeownership units with hopes of creating a LEED-ND neighborhood.

13 ABWK Homes, 1 Street, $130,000 Invested

MEADOW RIDGE

Existing Subdivision
First Home: 2012

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Meadow Ridge is a small subdivision in Wilmer just off of I-45 and Belt Line. Dallas Habitat joined the construction initiative to create a mixed income, affordable community during the Dream Dallas campaign, where Dallas Habitat pledged to invest $100 million in southern Dallas.

20 New Homes, $2,523,000 Invested

MESQUITE

Future Infill

mesquite-location

Mesquite is a suburb just east of Dallas and roughly 14 miles from downtown. The city has seen incredibly rapid growth: a small farming community of fewer than 2,000 people in 1950, 55,000 people in 1970, and 101,000 people in 1990. Dallas Habitat will be able to build new homes in an older neighborhood within this city.

MILL CITY

Existing Infill
First Home: 2004

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Mill City is a neighborhood in South Dallas just south of Fair Park. The neighborhood was historically situated around an old mill, which was later demolished and replaced with the old public housing complex, Frazier Courts. The neighborhood has a history of blight, disinvestment, and neglect. Dallas Habitat has partnered with the City of Dallas, Dallas Housing Authority, Innercity Community Development Corporation (ICDC), and the Mill City Neighborhood Association to revitalize the neighborhood. In addition to its typical infill, Dallas Habitat has constructed a cluster of 40 homes in Frazier Courtyards, a part of the reconstruction of the Frazier development.

95 New Homes, 29 ABWK Homes, $11,812,000 Invested

OAK CLIFF GARDENS

Existing Infill
First Home: 2004

oak-cliff-gardens-location

Oak Cliff Gardens is located in East Oak Cliff behind the Veterans Affairs Hospital. It is a residential neighborhood, home to families and small, local churches. Similar to many neighborhoods in southern Dallas, it has been affected by crime, depopulation, aging homes, and crumbling infrastructure. The neighborhood was home to the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in 2014, bringing thousands of volunteers to the area to build and repair homes. The Carter Work Project also publicized the revitalization and growth that has occurred in the neighborhood.

115 New Homes, 51 ABWK Homes, $13,149,000 Invested

PLANO

Existing Infill
First Home: 1998

plano-location

Plano is a highly desirable suburb north of Dallas with a variety of amenities and close ties to other northern suburbs. Dallas Habitat had the opportunity to build a few homes in and around the Aldridge addition, across Highway 75 from the Collin Creek Mall. This area is now served by a Collin County Habitat affiliate.

9 New Homes, $880,000 Invested

PLEASANT GROVE

Existing Subdivision
First Home: 1994

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Pleasant Grove is a neighborhood bounded by 635, Highway 175, and Bruton Road, just west of Mesquite. The original settlers came to the area in the 1840s, with the area experiencing rapid growth with the post-World War II housing boom. More recent history has been marred by higher crime rates, disinvestment, increased poverty, and poorly performing schools. Between 1994 and 2007, Dallas Habitat worked in two existing subdivisions in the neighborhood – Elkwood and Limestone.

75 New Homes, $7,640,000 Invested

SINGING HILLS

ABWK Only Neighborhood
First Repair: 2015

singing-hills-location

The Singing Hills repairs were sponsored solely by the Highland Park United Methodist Church (HPUMC). The neighborhood has older homes with some need for basic repairs fitting Dallas Habitat’s ABWK program. Unfortunately, early repairs in the area were unable to establish relationships and open doors for a more concentrated effort.

11 ABWK Homes

ST. PHILIP’S

Existing Infill
First Home: 1995

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St. Philip’s is a neighborhood bounded by I-45, S. Lamar Street, and Cedar Crest Boulevard. The neighborhood is also referred to as Forrest Heights by local residents. The neighborhood is anchored by St. Philip’s School and Community Center. In 1995, Dallas Habitat was invited by school leaders and the Forest Heights Neighborhood Development Corporation to help develop affordable housing in the neighborhood. The Forest Heights NDC is now constructing homes, renovating units, and investing in infrastructure in the community.

18 New Homes, 1 ABWK Home

WEST DALLAS

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West Dallas is a fairly large area bounded by I-30, the Trinity River, and the west city boundary. The area has heavy industrial activity in addition to the many residential areas. The neighborhood has a long history of struggles including Bonnie and Clyde, the historic health impacts of a lead smelter declared to be the EPA’s largest superfund site, and a dilapidated public housing complex declared to be a “gigantic monument of segregation and neglect.” Despite this history, the neighborhood has been on the rise. With the construction of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Trinity Groves, and several market rate apartments, the area will be changing soon.

Dallas Habitat is very active in West Dallas – its office headquarters are located at Hampton and Singleton. The organization has worked in many specific neighborhoods including Los Altos, La Bajada, Los Arboles, and Greenleaf Village. ABWK efforts have also reached into other parts of West Dallas.

253 New Homes, 68 ABWK Homes, $29,914,000 Invested

WRIGHT FARMS

Future Subdivision

wright-farms-location

The Singing Hills repairs were sponsored solely by the Highland Park United Methodist Church (HPUMC). The neighborhood has older homes with some need for basic repairs fitting Dallas Habitat’s ABWK program. Unfortunately, early repairs in the area were unable to establish relationships and open doors for a more concentrated effort.

11 ABWK Homes

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