Habitat for Humanity taking over zombie homes in Rochester

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A new project by the Flower City Habitat for Humanity plans to take on zombie homes in the Rochester area.

The agency has taken over five zombie homes, which are abandoned homes going through the foreclosure, in Monroe County.

Habitat for Humanity says most of properties were acquired through the city’s land bank program.

Work on one home on Akron Street is already complete.

“Not only are we breathing life into these old, abandoned homes, some of which were built before electricity, but we’re also giving a hand-up to a family who may otherwise not ever have an opportunity to own a home,” said Matt Flanigan, CEO of Flower City Habitat for Humanity. “Each Homebuyer family we place earns their home through required financial literacy, home maintenance knowledge and sweat equity hours, which we feel is an important part to creating sustainable homeowner success.”

Zombie homes have become a scourge across the nation. Authorities say the abandoned homes can become hotspots for crime.

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