Grant to rebuild homes in Blakely neighborhood

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BLAKELY, Ga. (WTVY) -- One neighborhood in Blakely, Georgia is still feeling the after effects of Hurricane Michael.

A $1,000,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs will help rebuild homes.

"It just blew a tree down in the back and knocked some of the tin off the house and just left it in a mess," said Bradley

The hardest part for Mavis Bradley was losing the sentimental value of her home.

"That was really my home. That's first house I ever owned. My house is the oldest house on that street older than the rest of the houses and I had thought about you know tearing it down and building me one myself, but God sent me this blessing," said Bradley.

She's owns one of the homes being torn down and will get a new house on a new foundation.

"There was a huge majority of people on that street that were affected mainly by roof damage and some of them by houses being totally destroyed," said Anthony Howard.

All those being rebuilt are getting done with the help of a community development block grant.

"This is a real big project for us and several people have been selected through an application process," said Howard.

For Mavis, although she is losing the home she has lived in for 31 years, she is excited about this new adventure.

"I'm gonna be so happy and I'm just gonna feel like a new person by moving back in a new home. So that's a blessing for me."

All the houses are expected to be built by the end of the year.

This is the first of the 3-year Revitalization Area Strategy program to rebuild in Blakely.

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