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Habitat For Humanity Buys Home In Effort To Revive Church Street

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SALISBURY, Md. - With the purchase of a condemned building, one organization tries to take one step at a time in pulling crime off of the streets in a Salisbury community.

"[Church Street] was at one time very ordinary to drug markets," said Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan.

Doris McDowell, a Church Street resident says the area used to have "a lot of shooting going on."

Residents of Church Street say that's all changing now that Habitat for Humanity is coming in and buying homes. In fact, police say since 2006 when the organization first purchased a home in the area, there has been about a 40 percent decrease in crime.
     
"We had a couple of houses that were empty for awhile," said Joan Mulvanny, Habitat for Humanity executive director. "We had people turn us down because they didn't want to live here."

With the purchase of its 14th home and a $5,000 grant from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, Mulvanny says it will continue to change the perception of the Salisbury neighborhood.

"We got people on the block that care about their homes and care about this neighborhood now and I'm happy with that," said McDowell.

"There will be a simple, decent lovely house here. They will be a home owner contributing to the revitalization of this neighborhood," said Mulvanny. 

But Mulvanny adds it will take some time before someone moves into the home. First, she says Habitat for Humanity is still paying off costs. Since the building is condemned, the organization is planning on demolishing the home and building a new one on the property. 

Mulvanney says it will take nearly two years to finish before a new family moves into the area.

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