Habitat for Humanity plans to build 25,000 single-family homes in Dallas for middle-class families. Those should come at a list price of less than $400,000, says The Dallas Morning News' Tristan Hallman.

Hallman says these homes could represent a change in strategy for Habitat.

Habitat homes have helped families scrape by but have also been signposts of struggling neighborhoods in Dallas. Now the group hopes to signal a more prosperous future, while keeping aspiring families from fleeing to suburbs such as Mesquite, Grand Prairie, DeSoto and Lancaster.

That's not Habitat's only goal in the Dallas area.

Habitat for Humanity also wants to help other homeowners in Dallas fix up the exterior of their homes to make neighborhoods look nicer.

“We really care about building mixed-income neighborhoods,” Hall said.

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