Campus of Hope Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
7527 66th Street South
Birmingham, Alabama 35212
Phone: (205) 777-4141
The Campus of Hope, a one-stop shop of supportive and social services offered for residents to achieve goals of self-sufficiency, is now officially designated as a HUD Envision Center demonstration site.
According to HUD, its Envision Centers are premised on the notion that financial support alone can’t solve the problem of poverty, and that collective efforts across a diverse set of organizations, both public and private, are needed to help low-income individuals and families rise out of it. The programs offered are based on the Envision Center’s four pillars: economic empowerment; educational advancement; health and wellness; and character development. The Campus of Hope includes supportive services, programs and opportunities that fall under each of those Envision Center pillars.
HABD is grateful for the many partners of the Campus of Hope who provide services and opportunities daily for our residents. HABD would not be able to offer such an invaluable hub of supportive services for our residents without the generosity of our partners, who are also committed to improving lives. They are The U.S. Army, Birmingham City Schools, The UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center, Lawson State Community College, The Dannon Project, Maranathan Academy, No More Martyrs, Alethia House, Girls Inc, Hopewell Church, American Heart Association, Birmingham Healthy Start Plus, Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT), Boy Scouts of America, TC Counseling & Consulting Services, Oak Tree Ministries, and Birmingham Talks.
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HABD’s Campus of Hope Story.
The Campus of Hope transforms the traditional community center into an opportunity center — a hub of social service and opportunity agencies in one location. It is here where individuals and families have the opportunity to access resources designed to put them on a path of financial stability, social awareness, and self-sufficiency.
In Fall of 2019, the Campus of Hope was officially designated as a HUD EnVision Center demonstration site. A celebration took place on November that began with Woodlawn High School Marching Colonels’ delightful, upbeat performance in their new band uniforms, as they marched along 66th Street South to the Campus of Hope. Local and regional HUD officials; HABD’s President/CEO; and the district’s city councilor all proudly marched ahead of the band.
HUD’s Southeast Regional Administrator Denise Cleveland-Leggett told the crowd of attendees for the dedication event, that HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s schedule prevented him from attending, but he sends his congratulations to the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District’s Campus of Hope for being selected as the first HUD Envision Center designation for the state of Alabama.
Cleveland- Leggett said, “He has been here and seen the magnificent things you all are doing here.” She went on to commend HABD President/CEO Michael Lundy for his leadership and vision. “We have to give people more than just a house. It’s great to have a place to live but you have to give people more than that,” said Cleveland-Leggett.
“When you look into the eyes of an individual and they don’t have hope for themselves, they don’t have hope for their families, don’t have hope for their future that’s a dream killer. So, what this Campus of Hope is doing it is bringing hope, putting hope back in the eyes of our people.”
Lundy talked about how HABD staff was intentional in choosing Marks Village for the Campus of Hope. Lundy says Marks Village is the most challenging of all 14 HABD public housing sites. It has an annual family income average of $11,000 which is the lowest of all the sites. Lundy says adversely Marks Village has the highest incident of criminal activity.
“We believe that as we lift Marks Village up as a beacon of hope, as we lift Marks Village up as a beacon of light, as we lift Marks Village up as a beacon of success, then public housing residents across the four corners of Birmingham will be able to stand up and say ‘if Marks Village can rise and shine like the brightest star in the sky, so can I’. On this rock, Marks Village, is where we built our first Envision Center. It’s where hopelessness ends and hope begins.”
Cleveland-Leggett presented Lundy and HABD Board of Commissioners with a congratulatory letter from HUD that reads in part, “Your site aligns with the Envision Center goal to empower households towards self-sufficiency… HUD looks forward to assisting and supporting your Envision Center demonstration site by helping to build program capacity, increase federal and local partnerships, address identified service gaps and engage stakeholders to meet community needs.”
Interim VP of Community Engagement
Housing Authority of the Birmingham District
1826 3rd Ave South
Birmingham, AL 35233