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The Salvation Army Center of Hope*

Birmingham, AL

The Salvation Army Center of Hope is the renovation of the historic Lewis Elementary School, a three-story building with 42,000 square feet, and the new construction of a 68,000-square-foot building. The renovated building now serves as the headquarters for the Birmingham Area Salvation Army and houses offices for several programs, including homelessness prevention, permanent housing, disaster services, and area command administration. The new construction building provides transitional housing to men, women, and families who are moving from a point of economic crisis to self-sufficiency.

The increased capacity of the new Salvation Army Center of Hope provides a safe and secure place for those in need and makes a tremendous difference in the community. The Center provides low-income persons with emergency and transitional housing, workforce development, education services, life skills training career center including GED preparations, meal services, and administration building and supportive common facilities located in Birmingham, Alabama.

The center created 253 construction jobs, 75% of which were low-income accessible. The new Center also resulted in 81 permanent jobs (62 full time and 19 part time) at project completion, 80% of which are low-income accessible. The design of the Project also includes significant “green space” including a small park, playground, and other green areas and involves the reuse of the existing building’s materials to mitigate negative environmental impacts on the community.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Quick Facts 


Total Investment: $10,175,790
(Education, Administration and Social Services POB)

Developer: The Salvation Army

Owner: The Salvation Army

Allocatee: MBS Urban Initiatives CDE, LLC

NMTC Equity Investor: U.S. Bank CDC

Leverage Lender: The Salvation Army NMTC, Inc.

Partner CDEs (financing separate housing POB): AMCREF Community Capital, LLC; DV Community Investment, LLC

Community Partner(s): Partners for Education and Workforce Center - Jefferson State Community College, Lawson Community College, GoBuild Alabama

Green Certification Program(s): While LEED or other green building certification will not be pursued, the Project will include a number of green features (reuse of materials, LED lighting, recycling)

Square Footage: 110,088 SF total (42,273 SF for NMTC POB, 67815 SF for emergency and transitional housing and supportive programs)

Projected Construction Jobs: 253 (75% Low Income Accessible)

Projected Permanent Jobs: 62 FTE, 19 PTE (85% Low Income Accessible)