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Habitat for Humanity leads blight clean-up effort in Adrian

ADRIAN, MI (Toledo News Now) -

Adrian is looking to clean up their neighborhoods from a blight problem, with one local organization leading the way. 

"Habitat is looking to rebuild Adrian," said Lynne Punnett, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County.

Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County is looking to rebuild Adrian one vacant home at a time - and there are hundreds of them in the city of 22,000 people, mostly from tax and bank foreclosed properties.

"It draws other negative things to the homes [like] crimes," said Punnett. "They become a dumping ground for residents, so we have trash issues and other things that came because of these blighted properties."

Many of the blighted properties are on the east side of the city.  As part of Habitat for Humanity's mission to transform the neighborhoods, volunteers and contractors come in and renovate these homes, selling them to families at a very affordable mortgage. 

"Rehabbing a home can start several different things," said Robin Hinman, resource development director for Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County. "We recently did a property where we began to rehab the home and the people across the street decided to put on new siding."

It cost about $35,000 to renovate each home, with a lot of the money coming from fundraisers. Habitat for Humanity is hosting a comedy fundraiser for this Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.  The fundraiser will be Aug. 21 at 8:30 p.m. at Garfield's Restaurant and Pub.

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