A new community center is now serving west Huntsville residents in one convenient location.

The Huntsville Housing Authority is partnering with five local social services agencies to create a One Stop Shop on 2201 Clinton Ave. The building opened today with appearances from Housing Authority Executive Director Michael Lundy, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Councilman Richard Showers and others.

The One Stop Shop partners are the Community Action Partnership of Huntsville/Madison & Limestone Counties, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Alabama, Stepping Stone, Wellstone Behavioral Health and 4Sight.

“Realizing we have so many residents in this vicinity, we thought it was important that we have more services for this community,” Lundy said. “Between my staff and I, we sat down and brainstormed about what we could use this building for.”

“(The One Stop Shop) puts us right in the middle of the community that we serve,” Moore said.

Lundy said the project began in mid-September with light renovations by the Housing Authority’s maintenance staff. The facility will be fully operational by the end of the month, he added.

The One Stop Shop helps adults, families, elderly, disabled and young people become self-sufficient. It also expands opportunities for public housing residents in the Butler Terrace, L.R. Patton, Johnson Towers and Brookside communities.

Emmett Moore, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Alabama, moved his agency’s office and seven employees from 701 Andrew Jackson Way to the Clinton Avenue facility. His organization provides positive one-on-one mentorship relationships to local children facing adversity.

“(The One Stop Shop) puts us right in the middle of the community that we serve,” Moore said. “The kids that are matched with mentors in large part come from this exact community, so it’s very beneficial to us.”

By Lucy Berry | lberry@al.com