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A REVITALIZATION INITIATIVE FOCUSED ON HOMES, HEALTH & COMMUNITY.
BEAT has developed 51 affordable housing units, it has another 12 in progress, and the Ensley Junction project will add another 48, bringing the total of BEAT-generated affordable housing units to more than 100.
BEAT’s comprehensive approach to healthy living creates synergies between affordable housing, senior programming, youth services, increased access to healthcare and green spaces.
Bethel Ensley Action Task (BEAT) was founded in 1991 by Reverend Ronald E. Nored and Clarence L. Brown to address the acute suffering they witnessed just outside the doors of their church. BEAT initially focused on the area immediately surrounding Bethel A.M.E. Church through the empowerment of local residents and the construction of high quality affordable homes.
BEAT's involvement in the community of Ensley has continued to grow over the past several years to include the development of 51 units of new affordable housing, a neighborhood park with a playground and basketball courts, and a new community center adjacent to Bethel A.M.E. Church. Now, BEAT has partnered with the City of Birmingham, local businesses, foundations, churches and thousands of individual volunteers to transform a six-block area of Downtown Ensley into a beautiful new neighborhood for local residents and newcomers.
A comprehensive revitalization initiative that includes:
This initiative will eliminate blocks of urban blight and replace it with a dynamic active park surrounded by new commercial space, affordable housing, educational and health facilities for the local community, as well as an entrepreneurial / small business center. Accordingly, this initiative will dramatically increase Ensley’s attractiveness as a location to live, work, play and thrive.
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