Greater Cleveland Habitat creates team for July neighborhood street clean-up on Colfax Road

Volunteers from Safeguard properties will help

CLEVELAND - Residents on Colfax Road in Cleveland will soon be visited by a small army of volunteers, because of a street clean-up effort being led by Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.

One hundred volunteers from Safeguard Properties will be part of the team effort that will take place on July 7. The Burten, Bell, Carr Community Development Corporation is also involved in the massive clean-up.

Burten, Bell grant manager Joy Johnson told NewsChannel5 the project is expected to yield major results.

"We're excited that Habitat for Humanity is investing in this street, and so what we're hoping happens on July 7 is that the volunteers can help spruce up the entire street," said Johnson. "We'll get the neighbors out, everybody is cleaning up."

Colfax Road is already a target of NewsChannel5's Building Better Neighborhoods. WEWS volunteers were on the scene several weeks ago, helping with the renovation of six vacant homes on the street that will be turned over to needy families.

Habitat construction manager Rob Grimm explained how the July clean-up will further improve the street and enhance property values.

"We'll be putting in some landscaping, trimming bushes and stuff like that," explained Grimm. "We'll be putting in mulch for these folks, and we'll be doing some minor repairs on the steps, or the porches."

5 On Your Side is also trying to fight back against a growing number of vacant homes and buildings through our Building Better Neighborhoods initiative.

Residents can report vacant homes by sending us pictures and information on condemned properties in our neighborhood, and we'll forward the information to your city building department in an effort to move the properties to progress.

More information on how residents can volunteer in their neighborhoods and make them better can be found by contacting Hands on Northeast Ohio.

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