(Cleveland) - More than 100 volunteers from around the country came together Sunday for an unprecedented day of community revitalization on Colfax Road on Cleveland's near east side.

Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity partnered with Safeguard Properties to rehab vacant homes for new homeowners, help with exterior home repairs for existing residents, remove yard debris and make landscaping improvements.

Safeguard Properties is the largest mortgage field services company in the U.S., headquartered in Valley View, Ohio, and is holding a conference in Cleveland through Monday. Volunteers descended on Colfax in a beautification blitz.

John Habat

John Habat, executive director of Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity says they decided on concentrate their efforts on a single street to make a major impact in the area. Habat tells Newsradio WTAM his group is also building several homes on Colfax.

“This approach of helping existing residents in addition to rehabbing vacant houses for Habitat families is unprecedented for us in Cleveland,” stated Habat. “We will help about 15 existing residents with improvements such as porch and fence repair, painting, landscaping and debris removal.”

Volunteers rolled up their sleeves for a day of painting, landscaping and repairing homes on Colfax Road. Many residents have been living there since the 1950's and 1060's and say the beautification effort nearly restores their street to its former glory.

(Photos by WTAM's Ken Robinson)
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