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Rebuilding Macon receives two community block grants to help local homeowners

Rebuilding Macon is a nonprofit group that assists elderly, low income and disabled homeowners repair their homes/Evan Watson (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. (WGXA) - On Tuesday, a local organization received grant money to rebuild homes for people who need it most.

The Macon-Bibb County Commission approved nearly $200,000 in grant funds for Rebuilding Macon, a nonprofit group that repairs homes for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners.

Stephen Sheehan and his dog Ralph were one of the recipients of Rebuilding Macon's mission and received help in a big way.

"This just recently happened. I rant into about two years of bad luck. Open heart surgery and knee surgery. Just a bunch of mess," said Sheehan.

Parts of Sheehan's home were falling apart, with his back porch completely detached.

A college group from Michigan is working on his house all this week with the help of Rebuilding Macon. It's making a big difference for Sheehan.

"I feel really good about it. I feel like I want to stay here now," he said.

These projects get completed thanks to community development block grants. The Macon-Bibb County Commission approved two Tuesday night for Rebuilding Macon.

The organization's Director, Debra Rollins, said that in a way, these projects help everyone.

"Well, it shows first off that our elderly and disabled homeowners that we care, that we want to make a difference in their lives. But it also makes a difference to the person living next door. It improves everybody's property values. When one person takes care of their house it affects the whole block," Rollins said.

Rebuilding Macon's website can be found at rebuildingmacon.org. The organization can be reached at 478-744-9808.

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