Reno sees neighborhood revival

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) The Neighborhood Renewal Program is completing its second project and gearing up for its third. The program gives low- and moderate-income homeowners money to clean up their properties and recipients are very grateful.

"They know that people care about them," Frank Perez, community development assistant, says. "The city cares about them, the volunteers and all the other groups that have come out."

City Councilman Oscar Delgado says the renewal is already causing a ripple effect in the communities.

"We see the neighbor right next to us changing their rood and I just spoke to another community member across the street who is looking forward to painting his house," Delgado says.

Truckee Meadows Habitat for Humanity along with volunteers are what makes this program continue to grow.

"It plants the seed and the community grows so it's a good program," Mark Vantassel says.

About a dozen members of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity at UNR helped with the renovation. They say they are glad to be able to make a difference.

"One of our big principles is service and we always pride ourselves on being able to give back to the community," Ronald Hemphill, a volunteer, says.

Habitat for Humanity is in need of volunteers to help with the continuance of the renewal program. Vantassel says community members can sign up to help for upcoming projects.