Non-profit buys seventh historic home in Roanoke
ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Restoration Housing closed on its seventh home in the Star City Thursday afternoon.
The non-profit focuses on rebuilding historic homes and providing affordable housing.
Executive Director Isabel Thornton says once ready, the home will give shelter to a family in Roanoke.
It is in Southeast Roanoke, where data show 20% of houses are vacant.
“There are vacant houses all around us. They’re boarded up, they’re burning down often. They’re just kind of a liability to both people in the neighborhood and to owners,” said Thornton. “So, there’s a really strong need for us to do something about the vacant houses and that’s part of our mission.”
Thornton estimates the repairs will cost $200,000.
They expect the home to be available within the next year. Applications will open when construction is almost finished.
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