VOCM Real Estate Development focuses on housing construction, renovation and
community green spaces. VOCM provides housing for low to moderate income persons and
families through its Real Estate Development program.
Central Street Project: Affordable Housing Brochure
The Central St. Project entails acquisition of dilapidated structures or vacant lots between Prentiss and Rose streets in west Jackson, MS. Voice of Calvary Ministries has partnered with the City of Jackson, Bank Plus, Wachovia Foundation, and the California Umbrella of Churches, to build ten new affordable single family homes.
The project is underway with three lots cleared and new construction of the first home projected to be completed by early March 2008. The homes are three-bedrooms, two baths and have 1250-1300 square feet living area. In addition, the house has a combination kitchen/ dining room, a laundry room, a large fenced-in back yard and an optional security system which can be activated at the homeowner’s request.
These homes are being built in an effort to increase adequate affordable housing for low-income families. Voice of Calvary Ministries is working with local lenders to provide affordable mortgage products to families who may not qualify for traditional loans.
As a part of the Zoo Area Revitalization Project, a group of 25 single unit homes for low to moderate income families in West Jackson will be constructed. VOCM will build similar developments in other parts of the city. Currently, the City of Jackson is experiencing an affordable housing shortage complicated by the relocation of 23,000 Katrina evacuees.
Claiborne Park is a 16-acre green space poised between Provine High School and St. Mark's Catholic Church in West Jackson. The park will be handicapped accessible and offer a two mile walking trail, pavilions, a landscaped playground and other amenities for approximately 10,000 residents per year. Claiborne Park will allow for wholesome and healthful recreation in the inner city.
Since 1975, VOCM has been instrumental in improving the housing stock in three of Jackson's most economically depressed communities: Georgetown, Olin Park and West Park. VOCM has renovated, repaired and rehabilitated more than 200 homes in these neighborhoods.