Older houses in a low income neighborhood are getting a makeover.

South Boston got a 600 thousand dollar block grant from the state to spruce up the Washington-Coleman community.

Most of the windows, roofs, and indoor plumbing will be replaced on about 14 homes built in the 1930's.

The town manager says those homes don't meet the building code.

"This isn't our first housing project and we don't want it to be our last because we do what we can with the money that is available and the grants are available to get a return on the investment to the folks," said Ted Daniel, South Boston's Town Manager.

Some of the homes are being torn down. The homeowners and landlords agreed to have their home remodeled.

The homes sit across from an old school the town converted into a community center. City leaders are expecting an additional 400 thousand dollar grant next year.