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OUR MISSION Builders of Hope CDC is a Christian Ministry transforming
Dallas urban areas by building strong families and healthy, safe neighborhoods through discipleship, community pride, and development of quality affordable housing.   This mission is driven by four main services we offer:

  • Affordable Housing (which includes building new homes, revitalization of existing homes, and demolition and rebuilding substandard homes)
  • Homebuyer Education /Asset Building
  • Workforce Development / Ministry
  • Community Pride

Focus Area

Builders of Hope CDC continues to serve the West Dallas area, while at the same time has expanded its services to Pleasant Grove and Oak Cliff area. History In 1982, Voice of Hope Ministries (VOHM) was started to provide youth and families in West Dallas with resources and skills to overcome poverty. Voice of Hope Ministries’ programs included Bible clubs, after-school tutoring, summer day camps, recreation, SAT and college prep classes, life skills, emergency assistance, and a thrift store. Additionally, VOHM operated a housing development program. In order to separate its housing activities from its ministry activities, the Voice of Hope Ministries Board of Directors decided to form a separate corporation called Voice of Hope Community Development Corporation. In November 1998, the new corporation received its 501 C-3 tax exemption from the IRS.

Our Leader - Norman Henry CEO

From 1998 to January 31, 2001, Mr. Norman Henry served as the Executive Director of both organizations. On February 1, 2001, a new director was hired to oversee the VOHM to allow Mr. Henry to focus solely on the Voice of Hope CDC as its President/Executive Director. This was done to increase fund raising activities, especially with contributors who do not want to support an evangelical Christian ministry, and as a result increase the organization’s capacity to produce more housing and economic development opportunities. In 2002, the Voice of Hope CDC’s Board of Directors agreed to change its name to “Builders of Hope CDC” to better reflect its mission.

Affordable housing
We strive to make West Dallas, Pleasant Grove, and Oak Cliff an affordable, attractive option for potential home buyers, as well as improve the living condition and value of existing homes. To accomplish this, our projects in this area include:

  • building new homes at affordable prices on vacant lots
  • demolishing and rehabbing vacant substandard houses
  • helping senior citizens to repair their homes

 

Partnering with the City of Dallas, Dallas County and lending partners, Builders of Hope is able to build and sell homes between $95,000 – $150,000.  The 3 and 4 bedroom / 2 bath homes are energy efficient with energy star appliances having modern construction and insulation practices.  Homes built by Builders of Hope are not only pocketbook but environmentally friendly. 2013 marks Builders of Hope’s 15th anniversary

HOMEBUYER EDUCATION - ASSET BLDG

Finding and purchasing the right home at the right price can be a challenge. Families on a limited budget, in particular, face barriers such lack of downpayment, insufficient credit, and money management. To help potential homebuyers overcome these barriers and guide them toward making a well-informed investment, there are classes offered in, homeownership, budgeting, obtaining a home loan, home maintenance, and other financial literacy classes.
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Builders of Hope combines two nationally recognized curricula (Men’s Fraternity and Jobs for Life) in a workforce readiness program affectionately known as Project REACH.    Project REACH provides character and life skills development for young men aged 17-30 who seek to move beyond their once troubled past.  The goal is to equip the young men with life skills that prepares them for success in the job market. The program maintains open enrollment for individuals in targeted areas who are on probation.  Project REACH in partnership with local churches matches young men with more established men from churches to help them navigate their personal, spiritual, and work life.  Builders of Hope is constantly on the lookout for business men and church leaders who are willing to pour positively in the life of another young man.
Community Pride

A major part of maintaining a safe and healthy community involves drawing upon the energy, ideas, and experiences of the residents themselves. That is why we hold community meetings to help resolve various issues. Through our partnerships with residents, the police department, and other city agencies, these efforts are helping to reduce criminal activity in our area.

  • Home Buyer Education & Asset Building

    Finding and purchasing the right home at the right price can be a challenge. Families on a limited budget, in particular, face barriers such as the shortage of gap financing, credit counseling, and special financing.

    Builders of Hope homebuyers services staff works with homebuyers to help make the process of purchasing a home less intimidating. Our staff works maintains relationships with realtors, lenders, title companies, as well as the City of Dallas to make the process run smoothly for homebuyers. Homebuyers services works with the buyers and coordination of all involved entities to ensure buyers go from renting to owning and from contract to closing.

  • Workforce Development / Ministry

    Builders of Hope operates a unique workforce development program known as Project REACH that combine life skills and character development in an attempt to deal with high unemployment and crime.

  • Community Pride

    A major part of maintaining a safe and healthy community involves drawing upon the energy, ideas, and experiences of the residents themselves.
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