ST. PAUL, Minn, (WCCO) – A dozen homes received free upgrades and repairs in some St. Paul neighborhoods on Saturday.

More than 800 volunteers with the Hearts and Hammers program were up early in the morning to begin work in the Summit-University and Frogtown neighborhoods.

The project directly benefits more than a dozen deserving senior and disabled homeowners. But the larger goal is to strengthen the entire neighborhood by providing strong, stable communities for the children to grow up in.

St. Paul City Council Member Melvin Carter spoke of the importance of the program.

“When we see one property in a neighborhood that’s abandoned and left neglected, it has a multiplying effect. Well the same is true when we have one property that is renovated that’s spruced up that’s painted like this,” said Carter.

In the past three years, the Hearts and Hammers program has renovated nearly 100 homes in several St. Paul neighborhoods.

Click here for more information on the Hearts and Hammers program.


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