Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee (RTGM) hosted its first Block Build MKE event on Saturday, May 21. Volunteers renovated 35 homes on 17th and 18th streets from North Avenue to Lloyd Street.
Renovations included landscaping, painting, beautification projects and electrical repairs.
During the past year RTGM has done about 340 emergency home renovations for people who are elderly, disabled or veterans, according to home repair liaison Eddie Lopez-Cerda.
RTGM CEO Lynnea Katz-Petted said RTGM plans to do another Block Build in June.
According to board member Vi Hawkins, “This is more than just individuals. It’s about stabilizing a whole neighborhood.”
Walnut Way Conservation Corp., Social Development Commission and Feeding America were among the event’s sponsors.
Homeowner Emma Nash said she was not sure if she would be able to live in her home much longer because of the expense of needed repairs. Block Build repaired her bathroom and basement and did electrical work, all free of charge.
When Nash saw the number of volunteers she was at a loss for words. “I am just so filled with joy I cannot express how I feel,” she said.
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