Where We Are Building
This year we are building in our Hope Crossing neighborhood (located on the west side of Kelley Avenue at NE 83rd Street, between Britton and Wilshire), our new Las Rosas neighborhood (located at SE 25 and Byers, east of Shields and west of High), in the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal area, and in Edmond.
Click on the map below to see what we’ve been building in different areas. To see more about how to get involved, please go to our Volunteer page.
Two homes were completed at the end of 2001 in the Bridge Creek area for families who lost their homes to the May 3, 1999 tornadoes.
Three Central Oklahoma Habitat homes were completed in Choctaw in 2001 and 2002, in the original section of the City of Choctaw.
During the first half of the 1990’s, Central Oklahoma Habitat built or remodeled four homes in Edmond, in the older section of town north of 2nd Street and east of Broadway.
High land prices kept us from building there for many years. In 2008, we were able to build one home in Edmond, and another in 2009 with the help of Turning Point Ministries, who secured the land and gifted it to Habitat. Thanks to the partnership of Turning Point Ministries and the Edmond community, we look forward to future opportunities to build more homes for more deserving families.
As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Citizens in El Reno are bringing about positive changes in that community, one house at a time, making the future brighter for Oklahoma families and the community through partnership with Central Oklahoma Habitat.
Central Oklahoma Habitat’s first two El Reno homes were built in 2004, and a third house was built in 2005, three more in 2006, and a seventh in 2008. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the generous community support there for all these past projects and look forward with excitement to building our eighth Habitat home in El Reno in 2010.
The involvement of all the individuals and businesses who made these homes happen is what drives Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, and makes simple, decent, affordable homes happen in communities all over the greater Oklahoma City metro area…homes that are good for families and good for the community.
Central Oklahoma Habitat constructed its first home in historic Guthrie in October of 2005. Guthrie is well known for its beauty and prominent place in Oklahoma events, both past and present, and remains today an active, thriving city with much to offer. We look forward with anticipation to more affordable housing partnerships there.
Working with the City of Midwest City has been a great experience for Central Oklahoma Habitat. The City leadership has been welcoming and helpful, and our families are excited to be residents of that growing area. Habitat’s first 10 Midwest City homes were constructed in 1999, one of which became our first tornado home after our homebuyer lost her apartment and belongings to the May 3rd storms that year.
The tornados definitely changed a lot of things - for a lot of people. One of the resulting changes was that, by the end of 1999, Midwest City changed its minimum building restrictions to require at least 1,200 square feet, partial brick, and a one-car attached garage on all new construction. This was an adjustment for Habitat, but a good one. Six of these brick and garage homes were finished for tornado families by the end of 1999 in the Meadow Oak Addition, and nine more were completed in the tornado-ravaged Crosby Addition in 2000 and 2001.
Habitat constructed 29 new homes during 2000, 2001, and 2002 in Midwest City’s Eastridge Addition, off NE 20th and Spencer Road, and two more were built nearby on Justin Place, just north of NE 10th Street on the east side of Spencer Road.
We built another Midwest City home in 2002, and our latest built in 2006 was our largest home ever - a 1,400 s.f. 4-bedroom, 2-bath home for a family of nine!
We look forward with anticipation to building more homes in Midwest City!
Following the May 3, 1999 tornadoes, Central Oklahoma Habitat began rebuilding, along with many other builders and agencies, for families adversely affected by those storms. Central Oklahoma Habitat completed 30 homes in the Regency Park Addition in Moore by the end of 2001. We plan no further construction in Moore, since Cleveland County is outside our normal operating area, but we thoroughly enjoyed our building experience in this thriving community known for its good schools.
In late 1999, Central Oklahoma Habitat got to know some wonderful people in Mulhall building three homes for families who lost their homes in the May 3rd tornadoes. A fourth home was completed in October 2001, and a fifth in the summer of 2003.
Churches, businesses, civic groups, and individuals joined together in October 2006 to bring the long-awaited Central Oklahoma Habitat desire to build in Mustang to fruition for a deserving hard-working local family. Zachary and Rachel S. and their two daughters became the proud owners of the first Habitat home in Mustang, which was a Blitz Build with the home being completed in only 2 weeks. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to the community for their donations of time, talents, meals, and funding to make this first, but certainly not the last, Mustang build a pleasant and memorable one!
Oklahoma City (Northeast)
Now under construction - Hope Crossing
2007 was an exciting year of first experiences for Central Oklahoma Habitat as we became not only builders, but developers as well. Our first Habitat neighborhood, Hope Crossing, dedicated its first two houses on March 15, 2007, and we ended the year with another first, a house built, with the help of 7-Eleven Stores and radio station KATT FM 100.5, in just 100 hours! In addition we also began our first house in the OU Medical district in association with the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority.
As we enter into 2008 we look forward to other new beginnings with the continued development and building of Phase II in Hope Crossing, and additional building in the OU Medical district.
Oklahoma City (Northwest)
Central Oklahoma Habitat began its life building in northwest Oklahoma
City, in a inner-city neighborhood called Metro Park, between Linwood and NW 10th, and between Western and Pennsylvania. This neighborhood was positively impacted by the families who bought some 44 homes that were completed in that area. Construction continued further north on 23 additional homes built in the Classen-Ten-Penn area, the most recent of which was completed in 2001.
Three more homes were built in 2002 the 600 block of NW 96th
Street, and two more in the 200 block of NW 83rd Street in 2003. Several more homes are being completed in this general area of northwest Oklahoma City in 2004.
Historic Preservation Homes
Also, in May and June of 2004, Central Oklahoma Habitat completed its first two homes built to historic preservation requirements, located on NW 16th Street, between Broadway and Robinson, in downtown Oklahoma City. These two new homes were the first new construction to occur in the Heritage Hills East neighborhood in many years, and are a lovely addition to this quiet, peaceful area.
Oklahoma City (Southeast)
Central Oklahoma Habitat built 41 homes in the Shidler-Wheeler neighborhood in southeast Oklahoma City from 1997 through 2003.
Oklahoma City (Southwest)
Central Oklahoma Habitat began building in southwest Oklahoma City in 2000, and has constructed more than 20 homes on in-fill lots sprinkled around the area since that time. We plan to continue building in southwest Oklahoma City as we are able to obtain donated or low-cost, developed land.
Central Oklahoma Habitat is extremely excited about completing its first entire neighborhood in Spencer, Oklahoma! In 2003, construction began with the first 15 homes in the 61-unit Douglas Meadows Addition, 16 more were finished in 2004 and another 14 in 2005. The neighborhood will be completely built out in June 2006.
Douglas Meadows is the site of Central Oklahoma Habitat’s biggest blitz project in our history! Click on the icon below to see the action of Habitat for Humanity’s 2006 Home Builders Blitz, building TEN homes in just FIVE days!
Spencer has been a great place for COHFH to build! In partnership with the City of Spencer, we developed a park and playground in this lovely, almost rural setting, to serve the whole Douglas Meadows neighborhood. The park was another first for Central Oklahoma Habitat, and turned out just beautifully!
Seven homes have been completed in the City of Yukon - one each year from 2000 through 2003, the fifth and sixth in 2004, and the seventh in June of 2005. It is very exciting to see local businesses, churches, and individuals all come together to fund these projects, and hundreds of people turn out to provide the volunteer manpower to build the homes. All of our Yukon homes have been built in a two-week blitz format, an experience similar to an old fashioned barn raising.