Habitat for Humanity restores 115-year-old house in Flint

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FLINT (WJRT) - (08/09/18) - A group of volunteers is continuing their work in an area of Flint that's seeing a resurgence.

Genesee County Habitat for Humanity and volunteers spruced up the 1903 duplex on Court Street in the Grand Traverse community Thursday.

"This house was a big project for us because it is a duplex and we've actually never taken on a duplex before - but it was one of the eyesores of the neighborhood for us this is another way to you know show people coming into Flint driving down Court, which is one of the main streets in Flint," said Jennifer Wenzlick, volunteer coordinator. "Look, this is a beautiful neighborhood. It's really coming back."

Wenzlick says the home looked like it was going to topple over when they first started renovating it. They cleaned up the brick and put in new siding , renovated the front porch, and they were happy to find the house has good bones.

Congressman Dan Kildee (D-5th District) stopped by to help them do some landscaping in the parking lot/garden area.

"These folks do a lot of great work, the volunteers especially, but the folks at Habitat - just breathing life into old buildings," Kildee said. "The path forward for Flint has a lot of moving parts to it. One that I've been working on for a long time is just trying to reestablish good neighborhoods."

Habitat for Humanity has renovated 17 buildings over the past 10+ years. There are some requirements for people interested in owning one of their homes.

"We have three criteria that people have to meet to become a habitat homeowner. You have to be willing to partner so all our owners they have sweat equity hours that they have to do for us whether it's volunteering with us or at a local church or a different nonprofit. You have to make enough but not too much so we have to see the need. And you also - this has to be your first home," Wenzlick said.

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