Robert Williams stood in a bedroom in his home as he talked to us Friday.
He prepares food in a bedroom of his house in the Georgetown neighborhood of Jackson because his kitchen is barely functional.
"I rigged this up to keep my water tank level," Williams said, pointing to a rickety wooden platform.
Outside the home it's not any better with crumbling steps, sagging doors and splintered window panes.
It won't be this way much longer though. Habitat for Humanity of Metro Jackson has won a grant from Lowe's Department Stores to rehab 17 old homes in the area. The announcement was made Friday morning at nearby Jaycee Park.
The houses chosen for rehab don't necessarily have to be Habitat houses.
"This will follow the same Habitat model. The homeowner will have to go through the application process, they will invest time into the project, sweat equity, financial counseling, and also will pay back a zero interest loan," says Executive Director Cindy Griffin.
Lowe's is only providing the $250,000 grant for four Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the nation.
Local Lowe's employees will volunteer their time to help.
"Get out there and help with the project that's going on is really great for us, and the community as a whole," says Jason Walker, manager of the Ridgeland location.
"I need a lot of major work done, I cannot afford to do it myself," says Williams, who is on disability. "I'm just happy to have everything taken care of and all these gracious people, Habitat and Lowe's."
Four home renovations are planned for the first quarter of 2013. More critical repair projects will take place throughout the year.
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 02:35:37 GMT
Authorities have recovered the body of a 10-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek. The search for the boy's younger brother continued Sunday. ColumbusMore >>
Authorities have recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek. The search for the boy's older brother continued Sunday.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:35:57 GMT
A body discovered in Clinton Saturday night has led to a homicide investigation. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart confirms a body was discovered, although few other details are known. The bodyMore >>
Clinton Police Department's Interim Chief Mike Warren said upon further investigation, it appears an disagreement over a woman may have led to the death of a Jackson man.
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:53 PM EDT2013-05-20 02:53:15 GMT
JPD searched a Jackson Home at 846 Brandon Ave., Saturday that netted four arrests, a variety of drugs and $1,500. "On May 18, 2013, The Jackson Police Department's Vice and Narcotics Unit responded toMore >>
JPD searched a Jackson Home at 846 Brandon Ave., Saturday that netted four arrests, a variety of drugs and $1,500.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 9:11 PM EDT2013-05-20 01:11:48 GMT
Clinton H.S. students evacuated the school after the threat
Thursday Clinton police arrested a Clinton Alternative School student in connection with several recent bomb threats to Clinton High School. Police now say more people will be arrested in connection withMore >>
Police now say more people will be arrested in connection with the threats.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
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(WMC-TV) – Dozens of police recruits were injured during training exercises last week and the heat could be to blame. The entire current class at the police academy filed paperwork claiming to be injuredMore >>
Dozens of police recruits were injured during training exercises last week and the heat could be to blame.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:00:02 GMT
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown. If confirmed, Brown would become the state's first black female district judge. Carl Tobias, aMore >>
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 7:29 PM EDT2013-05-19 23:29:27 GMT
Jackson mayoral candidates will face off in another forum to explain their views on public schools in the capital city. The forum was scheduled be start at 6 p.m. Sunday in the community room of the JacksonMore >>
Jackson mayoral candidates will face off in another forum to explain their views on public schools in the capital city.More >>
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