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300 New Homes Coming to East Albany

October 17, 2007

Albany - - You've heard a lot about sluggish home sales nationwide and record numbers of foreclosures. An Albany church wants to buck both of those trends. Greater 2nd Mt. Olive is ready to sell nearly 300 homes, primarily to people who've never owned a home. And the church wants to make sure those folks can afford to buy and maintain the homes.

Dashawn Hill lives in East Albany. She's looking forward to something.

"Once they get through cleaning the area up," she says referring to vacant former military homes in her neighborhood being revitalized.

You may be familiar with the old homes, that once went by the name Boyett Village. The old village is getting a makeover.

Remodeling is almost underway to get 300 homes ready for occupancy. It wont be too long until the first few are ready.

The city's not doing it. A church is.

"A part of Mt. Olive's mission statement is to build a model community," says Brandon Dotson. Assistant Pastor of the Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Church.

"This is a great example of the church not being confined to four walls," he adds.

You may recall the church bought a portion of the former military homes and remodeled them for Hurricane Katrina Victims. Those units, called Jordan's Crossing, are now being rented out for people in need of transitional housing.

Now 2nd Mt. Olive has purchased 300 additional homes here. They're called St. John's Estates and they're for sale.

"People will go through certified mortgage companies and they will go through the bank, and they will go through the whole process of purchasing a home," Dotson says.

People with sub par credit or no mortgage history are also encouraged to apply. The church is partnering with banks to work with these types of people. Dotson says it's a form of ministry.

"That impacts people that wont even step foot into the church but because they know that the church is associated with this that's a great witnessing tool," he says.

Folks who live in the area are glad to see a change in their community.

"Bring out the community. Other people will start trying to buy those houses. It will be real nice for people to stay in out there," Hill says.

The first homes are expected to be completed by January. They'll sell for about $65,000. The official groundbreaking will take place Monday at noon.

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