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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Habitat for Humanity is using the housing crisis as an opportunity to offer the American Dream to more south Georgians.

Flint River Habitat for Humanity got a $450,000 neighborhood stabilization grant from the federal government through the city of Albany.

The money allows Habitat to buy and renovate foreclosed homes and sell them at affordable prices.

"It just makes the neighborhood nicer for everybody when you don't have vacant homes," said Executive Director Stacey Odom-Driggers. "That reduces your vandalism and you know the people on the street, or the people in the neighborhood feel safer because they've got somebody in this house now. They've got a new neighbor, so it helps the whole neighborhood, not just the family that's going in the house."

 The grant will pay to renovate 10 houses, but Habitat hopes they will be able to spread their money out and renovate even more homes.

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