Birmingham Housing Authority Creates ‘Campus of Hope’

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Thousands of people living in Birmingham public housing communities will soon have access to resources that could put a stop to generational poverty. 

Come mid-to-late March, people living in Gate City, Marks Village and East Birmingham will have access to social services and several agencies under one roof.

It’s all a part of a new initiative to create a Campus of Hope.

It’s an idea birthed by Housing Authority Director Michael Lundy.

He hopes the new Campus of Hope will transform the community and the city, which could help lead people to financial and social awareness and self-sufficiency. 

Right now, crews are working to transform the Marks Village Community Center into a center of opportunity.

It’ll be a hub of resources and agencies like the Army, Lawson State Community College and more to set up shop.

Lawson State Community college’s culinary program will provide students with training and development of skills to help with jobs in food preparation and service. 

“We want to empower our residents and neighboring residents with the tools they need to move themselves up and out of a situation of generational or cyclical poverty and dependency on public housing and public assistance,” said Joseph Bryant, a public housing spokesperson. 

Right now, the housing authority is also working on receiving a Housing and Urban Development designation as an envision site. 

That would allot more resources and money to make the Campus of Hope bigger and better down the line. 

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