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Rebuilding and Rehabbing Homes in Need in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md. - With 187 vacant or abandoned homes in Salisbury, city leaders have had enough. It's a battle against blight in many neighborhoods where the ultimate goal of the fight is to get needy families back into quality homes.

There are a handful of homes that Salisbury has targeted in the Church Street neighborhood, a piece of the city that Habitat for Humanity is very busy in.

"Right now, we have 13 houses in the Church Street neighborhood. Actually, they're lots and houses. Some we are building from the ground up, some we are renovating," said Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County Executive Director Molly Hilligoss.

Four of those properties are lots without homes.  Those lots are projects that Habitat for Humanity not only needs state approval for, but the organization is also looking for tax credits for businesses and individuals that contribute to the project.  The city of Salisbury had to sign off on the organization applying approval and for the credits. Salisbury's support of the project is part of the city's overall bigger plan for housing.

Salisbury leaders have already targeted a handful of homes for demolition and they are working on adding more to that list.  Plus, the city is looking to acquire other vacant homes and properties through tax sale or receivership.  The idea is to get families back into these newly built or rehabilitated homes and get the houses back onto the city tax roll.  

Habitat for Humanity is one of the organizations that can help the city work toward accomplishing this goal.

"Three bedroom, one bath, safe, decent, affordable housing for needy families," Hilligoss said.  "Also, we are building four bedroom, 1.5 bath houses."

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