Downtown Rescue Mission

1420 Evangel Dr.

Huntsville, AL 35816

Census Tract


Poverty Rate


Median Income


Total Project Cost


Federal NMTC Financing


Project Completion

June 2017

The Project

Downtown Rescue Mission began in 1975 and has always exemplified itself as a place with “a heart for the homeless” by daily providing meals, clothing, short and long-term housing, recovery programs, counseling and many other services.   This Building Hope project is the new
construction of a 30,230 square foot facility with both shelter and longer term housing for 64 single adult women and 48 families. Upon completion, Building Hope will provide 112 units of housing and services.  The Building Hope project will include four rooms for emergency shelter beds, five rooms for longer term programmatic housing, twelve bathrooms, a commercial kitchen, a communal dining room, counseling offices, classrooms, a beauty salon, a medical room, play areas for children, a laundry room, an exercise room, a study area, common areas and administration offices.

Most of those helped by Downtown Rescue Mission struggle with substance abuse, many suffer from mental illness, and others are victims of domestic violence. Thus, the programs at Building Hope are designed to support and help individuals make the appropriate changes spiritually, physically, and vocationally to allow them to recover and succeed in life. Guests are provided a well-balanced set of empowerment initiatives and supportive services including individual counseling, case management, addiction recovery classes, on-site maintenance, food service, work therapy, education, job skills training, life skills training, housing advocacy and career readiness.

Project Financing

UDF utilized NMTCs in order to provide Downtown Rescue Mission with 2 loans totaling $6,500,000.  These loans incorporate many better-than-market features, including rates more than 50% below market, interest only for the entire term, and debt service coverage lower than standard.

Community Impact

Residency-based programs are aimed at breaking the cycle of alcohol and drug dependency, serving the mentally ill, teaching life skills, and providing residents with supportive services and aftercare to maintain long-term, sustained independence.

The Building Hope project will result in many measurable annual impacts on the community including:

  • 2,536 individual counseling hours
  • 701 unique individuals served
  • 210 unique children served
  • 244 individuals moved into permanent housing
  • 176 women provided workforce development classes
  • 149 hours of financial training
  • 77 hours of computer and resume training
  • 9 women completing an intensive recovery program

All of these services are provided within a community that exhibits severe distress including a 49% poverty rate and median income that is only 31% of the benchmark.