"I am honored to be named as the next CEO of Builders of Hope Community Development Corporation, an organization with a 20-year history of transforming urban neighborhoods," said James Armstrong III. "This is a huge victory in the fight to improve economic mobility in Dallas and I look forward to the work ahead."
James Armstrong III has been an innovative leader for the Community Fellowship Church since becoming Senior Pastor in 2015. Through community outreach programs and corporate partnerships, Community Fellowship Church, under Armstrong’s leadership, has become an instrument of transformation for the West Dallas community and a helpful resource for those in need. Mr. Armstrong's additional community leadership includes Managing Board Member of the Dallas Housing Finance Corporation, 2nd Saturday Board Member- Secretary, Mayor's Grow South Advisory Council and the Chairperson of the West Dallas Housing Taskforce.
Builders of Hope is a Christian ministry transforming Dallas urban areas by building strong families and healthy safe neighborhoods through discipleship, community pride, and the development of quality affordable housing. A major part of maintaining a safe and healthy community involves drawing upon the energy, ideas, and experiences of the residents themselves. Builders of Hope continuously engage the communities in which we build homes on community pride events. Partnering with our lending partners, churches, neighborhood groups, individuals, and residents, Builders of Hope works with volunteers on beautification projects and neighborhood cleanup. When we involve the community not only do they get something tangible such as new landscaping, painted community centers, or painted/rehabbed houses, Builders of Hope receives smiles, engaged citizens, and the confirmation that we are building hope in others.
Builders of Hope operates a unique workforce development program known as Project REACH that combines life skills and character development in an attempt to deal with high unemployment and crime. We strive to make West Dallas, Pleasant Grove, and Oak Cliff an affordable, attractive option for potential home buyers, as well as improve the condition and value of existing homes. Finding and purchasing the right home at the right price can be a challenge. Families on a limited budget, in particular, face barriers such as the shortage of gap financing, credit counseling, and special financing. Builders of Hope homebuyers services staff work with homebuyers to help make the process of purchasing a home less intimidating. Our staff works maintain relationships with realtors, lenders, title companies, as well as the City of Dallas to make the process run smoothly for homebuyers. Homebuyers services work with the buyers and coordination of all involved entities to ensure buyers go from renting to owning and from contract to closing.