Bearwater Park — Affordable Housing


The work is not complete! Even though our friends from all over Memphis and the world spent a week making tremendous progress building 19 homes in the Bearwater neighborhood in August, there is still much work to be done! There are two additional Habitat build opportunities coming up where Hope and Oasis of Hope volunteers can join us in building the remaining four Oasis homes in the Bearwater neighborhood.Thank you for continuing to provide Hope to our Oasis neighborhood and we look forward to hammering with you on the following date:

Click here to register to build from 7am to 1pm on Saturday, October 8th


Oasis of Hope and Hope Church recently partnered with Habitat for Humanity in bringing 19 new homes for families to North Memphis! Through a strategic partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, God pavied the way for many families to have new, quality and affordable places to call home. Last November, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn announced that Oasis' site at Bearwater Park, would be the focus of their 2016 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Every year they choose one location around the world - this year it was in partnership with Oasis! Read more about this announcement.

Nine years in the making, we've gone from gang & drug-infested abandoned buildings, to safe, beautiful homes!

Built in 1961, the old Cedar Court Apartment complex had been a place where up to 114 families lived. Over the last decade or so the complex had evolved into a problem property in the community. Drugs, vandalism, robbery, gang activity and other crime related issues caused citizens of the neighborhood to fear and avoid the apartments. Located in the heart of the community, 1007 N 7th Street (mapquest map) had been a negative factor and a problem subject on people's minds for years.

Thanks to the help of hundreds of volunteers (both from within and outside the community), Promise CDC, Hope Church, and the City of Memphis, Oasis of Hope had plenty of partners who helped to eliminate the blighted area and replace the old buildings with Phase One's ten beautiful, safe, affordable homes for families to move into.

Once the Carter Work Project is complete, Bearwater Park will contain a total of 35 brand new single family homes and duplexes and wonderful green space/landscaping throughout. It will be a beautiful neighborhood that people will be proud to call home. The name Bearwater Park comes from the original name of the neighborhood - Bearwater. Legend has it that back when the neighborhood was being built, a mother bear and her two cubs used to hang around the neighborhood, as well as, bathe and drink in the Wolf River on the north end of the neighborhood.

site planClick here or click the graphic to the right to view the overall site plan for Bearwater Park; it's beautiful!  Many thanks to our architect, Don Conway; Van Boals, Real Estate Appraiser & Land Surveyor, Promise CDC, and Pro-Site Construction for all of their assistance in helping to build our Phase 1 homes.

The end result is a safe, redemptive place for families to call home. It is dramatically changing the feeling in the neighborhood, bringing hope through a property that for many years brought negativity. It is very exciting what God is up to in the community, but we can’t do it without your help!

new house

This is a HUGE undertaking and we need ALL the help we can get!

Oasis Homes

In addition, Oasis will be building 4 homes in the Bearwater Park subdivision. We have received a grant from THDA and will need to raise additional capital. Currently we have $360,000 of the $390,000 needed. If you would like to give to this need:

Volunteer Company Resources
You may have a connection to a construction or management-related company and can donate some products or services.

Write checks to 'Oasis of Hope' and put 'Bearwater Park' in the memo, or donate online.

If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, please contact Terry.