Gov. Cooper, State Emergency Management, Fayetteville Officials join Fayetteville Habitat to announce $1.5 million grant to complete housing project

Families displaced by hurricanes to benefit from new housing

Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity (FAHFH) has been awarded $1.5 million in state funds to complete the construction of the infrastructure for Oakridge Estates in west Fayetteville. FAHFH made the announcement today at the work site on the corner of Bunce and Old Bunce roads along with Governor Roy Cooper and other state and local officials.

The funds are being awarded by Cooper’s administration from the State Disaster Recovery Act to help North Carolina rebuild stronger and smarter.

The Oakridge Estates project is a collaborative effort between (FAHFH) and the City of Fayetteville to build 47 single family homes on 14.2 acres in a once dilapidated mobile home park and marks a historic partnership between the two organizations in providing affordable housing in underserved and disinvested communities. Oakridge Estates will be located at the corner of Bunce and Old Bunce roads, off of Cliffdale Road.

Per the grant agreement, FAHFH is required to sell homes within two years to individuals and/or families who were displaced by hurricanes Matthew or Florence.

FAHFH is a City of Fayetteville-approved Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) and the City’s role in the project will be to serve as an investor while FAHFH’s role as the developer is to ensure affordability of the newly constructed homes for low-to-moderate income homeowners.

“The construction of the 47 homes in Oakridge Estates is our opportunity to serve those who are in desperate need of affordable housing and to our neighbors who were displaced by the hurricanes,” said Tammy Laurence, chief executive officer of FAHFH. “This project is a wonderful example of a local municipality, state government, a nonprofit and for profit entities coming together to address a community need.”

“The City of Fayetteville experienced extensive destruction as a result of Hurricanes Matthew and Florence leaving many families without affordable housing options. The Oakridge Estates project will help fill that void for 15 families impacted by the hurricanes through a first-of-its-kind collaborative effort among State, City and Habitat partners,” said Jay Reinstein with the City of Fayetteville.

“Hurricanes Matthew and Florence highlighted the need for more affordable housing in communities across our state. This project will build affordable homes for dozens of families—including storm survivors. This is a chance to help storm survivors not only build new homes but rebuild their lives as well,” said Governor Roy Cooper.

Infrastructure development began in September of 2017, but was stalled due to inadequate funding.  With this new funding support, work on the project can now resume. The project is expected to be completed in September 2021.   This $7 million affordable housing project is also supported by funding provided by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, U.S. Housing and Urban Development grants and a loan from the City of Fayetteville.

Anyone interested in housing assistance through FAHFH’s affordable homeownership program may call (910) 483-0952 for more information.

About Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Incorporated in 1988, Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is a North Carolina nonprofit corporation and is a designated 501(c) (3) by the Internal Revenue Service. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit fayettevillenchabitat.org.

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Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
P. O. Box 3166 • 310 Green Street Fayetteville, NC 28302
Phone: (910) 483-0952 • Fax: (910) 486-5472
office@fayettevillenchabitat.org
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3833 Bragg Blvd.
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