Join us as we transform the Birdland Area beginning in 2017. Get involved by volunteering or donating. Contact for more information.


The Birdland Area sustained devastating flooding during the floods of 1993 and 2008 when the levee breached along the Des Moines River.

Prior to the flood, 270 homes occupied the Birdland Area, now there are only 54. Since the 2008 flood, the Army Corp of Engineers have certified the rebuilt levee. Now, the infrastructure is in place to allow for development and revitalization efforts to begin.

GDM Habitat will play a significant role in the Birdland Area redevelopment. Habitat’s efforts will include the construction of ten houses along Watson Avenue and the creation of a pocket neighborhood, encompassing at least 18 single family homes.

Habitat’s vision is to transform the Birdland area, a place GDM Habitat once called home, into a thriving neighborhood where homeownership is at the core. These efforts will bring vitality and renewal with a minimum of 28 new homes and homeowners that will become rooted and a key fabric of the neighborhood’s future.

Learn more about our plans in 2017 and 2018 by clicking here and watching the video below.

family stories

Tem & Lia

“This is our house, this is our home and it will make our lives better. We are thankful for Habitat in helping us buy a house.”


“As a homeowner, I will feel confidence. I will be powerful. I will be able to take care of my kids and help them be successful.”

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