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Habitat Begins Work on Home Destroyed By Fire

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Work to rebuild a home ravaged by a fire about four years ago on Manhattan Avenue in Greenburgh began over the weekend.

Habitat for Humanity and the Town of Greenburgh have been teaming up to help the Hood family, and after several years of red tape and paperwork, volunteers were finally given the go-ahead to prepare the residence at 41 Manhattan Ave. for a complete makeover.

"There's a lot of work that needs to be done," said Jim Killoran, executive director of Habitat for Humanity. "It took a while for the legal process to be completed. We just got in and wrapped it up. We're ready to do the inside."

It's the third home in Greenburgh that Habitat for Humanity has worked on. The nonprofit organization, which has completed 250 projects in Westchester County, recently helped a family on Babbitt Court and years ago rehabilitated a home on Riverdale Avenue.

Supervisor Paul Feiner said more than 100 volunteers will be lending a hand to the Hood family, which has been staying with extended family since the fire.

"We are very appreciative to Habitat for giving another family a chance," Feiner said. "The town encouraged Habitat to help this family, a well respected family in the town. They are making a world of difference in people's lives. During this time of government cuts, Habitat's value is appreciated even more than ever."

Killoran said he expects the project, which will include longer lasting siding and chemical-free paint, to be completed by this summer.

"With spring here, we encourage people to help us finish the Greenburgh home," Killoran said.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Killoran at jim@habitatwc.org .

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