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Paul Tuthill, WAMC

A program that repairs homes so that low-income people can age in place has been welcomed to another city in western Massachusetts. 

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    A new program in Massachusetts is helping military veterans and their families stay in their homes.

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Volunteers on Saturday in Springfield, Massachusetts will once again help repair homes in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country. 

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  An initiative to restore the older housing stock in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country is continuing this week in Springfield, Massachusetts.

     A community health organization formed in Springfield, Massachusetts 20 years ago has started the new year by changing its name. 

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     A program to restore the older housing stock in western Massachusetts through a series of neighborhood rebuilding projects is marking its 25th year this month.

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A nonprofit devoted to preserving housing stock in western Massachusetts is bringing its signature single day block rebuild to Holyoke for the first time.  

A dozen row houses on Beech Street in Holyoke will have leaky roofs patched, masonry repaired, energy-efficient windows and doors installed, steps fixed, railings added, and more. Much of the work will be done on a single day this week, Thursday, when hundreds of volunteers, including some skilled contractors, descend on the block.

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Over a thousand volunteers are expected to pitch in this Saturday in Springfield, Massachusetts to help repair more than 60 homes.  It is part of multi-year effort to restore the housing stock in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the United States.  

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An organization that works to preserve the stock of affordable housing in poor neighborhoods is expanding into a western Massachusetts city with one of the highest poverty rates in the state.

Revitalize CDC, which has helped hundreds of families keep their homes in Springfield with volunteer-driven mass rebuilding projects through the years, is expanding into Holyoke with an initiative to repair and rehabilitate houses of military veterans.

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Over a thousand volunteer laborers will pack into one city block in Springfield, Massachusetts tomorrow to help finish 28 home renovations.  The goal of the project is to create energy efficient and healthy homes in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the United States. 

The house on Prince Street, where Barbara Cisero has lived for 21 years, is going to be painted Saturday, repairs will be made to the porch, a storm door repaired, and the backyard play area for children cleaned up.

" Whatever they want to do is fine with me," she said.

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A national non-profit announced plans today to repair and spruce up 20 homes on one street in Springfield, Massachusetts.  It is the third year of a 10-year plan designed to revive the housing stock in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the United States.

   The two story house at 124 King Street that was purchased by Curtis Vaughn’s grandparents in the 1920s  needs a lot of work.  But Vaughn, who lives in the house with a son and a daughter, said at age 82 he is unable to do the repairs himself and can’t afford to hire contractors.