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Volunteers fix up homes in Bay City

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The west side of Bay City is a beehive of activity this week.

Dozens of volunteers fanned out Monday morning to fix up 20 homes.

The group of teenagers went to work on the porch of a west side Bay City house. It was in desperate need of repair.  

They're just a few of the dozens of volunteers who are fixing up the homes.  

"There's no way with the staff that we have that we could work on this many projects in five days. We have volunteers who are experts in landscaping, most of our staff doesn't know a weed from a flower. We also have individuals who are experts in painting as well as construction. As well as everyone who comes out to do the hard work," said Vickie Ribble, with Habitat for Humanity.

The person in charge of the teens explained why he got involved.

"I think it's a really good thing, a lot of old people, elderly people can't afford to do work on their house and they just kind of haphazardly put it together over the years, and this gives them an opportunity to make their house more safe so they don't injure themselves," Chris Foret said.

This is the sixth annual neighborhood revitalization initiative in Bay County. The project will finish up Thursday.

To be eligible for the program homes must be located in habitat's target neighborhood, owner-occupied and have a household income below 80 percent of the area's median.

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