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Demolition and volunteers clear the way for new housing

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Habitat for Humanity is working to transform a south Jackson street one house at a time. This weekend the organization got a hand from churches, groups and volunteers eager to help bring new life to the area.

The roar of heavy machinery was a welcomed sound early Saturday morning on Greenview Drive where abandoned homes are a thorn in the side of residents. Crews leveled three vacant structures and volunteers with the Will Graham Crusade, New Horizon International Church and Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Central Area joined forces to clean up the street.

The demolition was welcomed by residents like Annie Huggins.

"The reason I say it's gonna be a happy nice day because they're tearing most of the houses down and I hope it will be a good nice neighborhood, and I hope they get all the houses down," said Huggins.

More than 100 people from various faiths cleared limbs and lots, picked up debris and bagged trash to make room for a neighborhood planned by Habitat.

"I'm really excited to see the blight and decay begin to disappear, and I believe and hope that churches and more individuals will come out and be a part of cleaning up the areas making this a place where families can thrive," said volunteer Wanda McCurdy with the Will Graham Central Mississippi Celebration.

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