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Grant awarded for home renovations

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

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. 

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