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Volunteers help fix vacant homes in Warren

The volunteers are helping to fix houses that could potentially lower the value of the neighborhood

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) - Seven team members with the National Civilian Community Corps will be in Warren for the next six weeks, helping the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership build a better Warren.

"We are upping up the image of Warren, Ohio," said Tyler Morgan with NCCC.

Tuesday, the volunteers worked on a two-bedroom house located on 417 Belmont Street NW. Some of the work included scraping the ceiling, washing the walls and spackling.

"These are high quality volunteers operating at a high level, really, really reducing the cost of renovation," said Matt Martin with TNP.

TNP's goal is to have these NCCC team members help spruce-up five salvageable vacant properties during their time in Trumbull County.

"These volunteers are helping us renovate properties that will become home-ownership opportunities. They're reducing the renovation costs, therefore reducing the purchase price," Martin said.

After all the volunteer work is done, a general contractor will come in to complete the project before the houses are put on the market.

The properties are restricted to owner occupants, and interested buyers have to commit to living in the houses for three years.

"It's very interesting because we, our team, has been together since February. So, we've been doing all kinds of different projects, but this is our first house project," said Sarah Hoke with NCCC.

Four other properties are included in the project, 1804 Hollywood Street NE, 1737 Hollywood Street NE, 1916 Lexington Avenue NW and 317 Bonnie Brae Avenue.

"Right now we're working with TNP and we are revitalizing houses, so we're just getting rid of blight and helping them rebuild the neighborhood," Hoke said.


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