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NeighborWorks fixing up rundown communities in Lincoln

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By: Megan Palera

A Lincoln non-profit is fixing up run down neighborhoods, one home at a time.

NeighborWorks is all about helping distressed communities become a place where people want to live. And on Thursday, it showed off four of those transformations.

One of the now-picture perfect homes is tucked away in the historic Hawley District of Lincoln. It took four long months to flip the rundown 4-bedroom house.

"Put a new roof on it. New driveway. Did a lot of plumbing and electrical. Refurbished all the wood floors and all the woodwork," Chief Operating Officer Shawn Ryba said.

This year alone, NeighborWorks will remodel and/or construct 20 homes. Thursday's tour gave the public a chance to see the renovations. Even people just a few doors down stopped by and are excited about the changes.

"It brings up our values. It bring in better neighbors. It makes it a lot better place for all of us," Jessie Benedict said.

NeighborWorks' goal is to fix up Lincoln's older, rundown neighborhoods to help create new, affordable housing opportunities.

"Just getting people excited about their own neighborhoods. Because there's just so many positive things going on and its pretty amazing to see as neighbors work together; as they get to meet each other. It's amazing the transformation that happens in these neighborhoods," Ryba said.

All of the NeighborWorks homes are for sale. You can find out more information on the non-profit's website at



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