Builders of Hope, is one of the most progressive concepts in affordable development in the area. They have a common mission: “providing safe, affordable housing to working families,” but go about it in a unique manner: taking tear-downs, moving them to a new area and rebuilding them to be better than they originally were. The houses are available to both low income and those above the median income bracket.
The latest community for Builders of Hope is the State Street Village. This project involves 25 lots off of a new cul-de-sace off of State Street in south Raleigh- with homes starting just over $100 thousand. For that buyers get spacious lots, quality homes, a great view of downtown and the chance to be part of improving our city as a whole. State Street Village represents a redevelopment strategy that starts with creating a community that has great fundamentals and is cohesive aesthetic.
The houses are priced below market value, but are a quality offering beyond both older and new homes. Builders of Hope guts the frames- rewires them, plumbing, installs new or recycled finishes, new energy efficient appliances, energy efficient windows, and insulates them tight. The offer is one for people, who may not otherwise have a chance, to have a home to be proud of. The homes are built for quality with a focus on energy efficiency and aesthetics. Builders of Hope works with Advanced Energy to certify each house for energy efficiency. Advanced Energy seals the house and tests for energy loss through the floors, walls and openings. The certified homes are incredibly efficient and much more affordable to heat and cool.
Nancy Murray started Builders of Hope after a great career in advertising, because she felt it was time to help others. Murray studied construction and worked with City Government to get things rolling and in doing so has established the forward thinking approach described above. Murray is working to give the working-class an opportunity to own a home they can be proud of and doing it with a nod towards the challenges of this century.
If you are considering purchasing a home- the project is worth looking at and buying in is a great way to support the organization. Builders of Hope also needs volunteers and materials be sure to check out their website below.
State Street Village