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YWCA Working Alongside City of Quincy to Provide Housing

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Two homes will soon be available for low-income women and their children.

The city of Quincy has partnered with the YWCA. This is part of the neighborhood revitalization program the city has been a part of since 2009. They are revitalizing 11 old historic properties around town to be sold or to be used to provide housing for social organizations. 

"We are going to work in the oldest neighborhoods in areas with the greatest need, so in this case they were in our fix or flatten program," said city planner Chuck Bevelheimer.

The YWCA also received a grant for the homes, which helps these women pay the rent of the home. Officials say, in addition to providing housing for these women, they also can receive counseling services. "We provide numerous services to help them overcome their obstacles that have rendered them homeless or keep them in poverty," said Mary Muehlenfeld with the YWCA.

Bevelheimer says it's about helping people, but it's also about making certain areas of town more attractive. "I think when you look at the houses when they're renovated the improvements are significant," he said.

Both homes are undergoing renovations now. City officials say one home will hopefully be available in November, the second around early 2013.

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