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ReNEW kicks off 2nd year of revitalization

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - A neighborhood renewal project is underway in La Crosse. On Sunday volunteers with ReNEW, which stands for Revitalizing Neighborhood Empowerment with La Crosse Neighborhoods, worked to revitalize houses in the Powell-Poage-Hamilton neighborhood.

About 70 volunteers helped paint houses, make repairs, and do landscaping to 30 homes, including Don Betzs' home. Betz has lived in the Powell-Poage-Hamilton neighborhood for 20 years. Health issues have kept him from painting his house.

That's where RNEW comes in. Volunteers help Don do what he can't.

Amanda Acklin, Executive Director of the La Crosse Area Habitat for Humanity said, "You don't really have to ask a lot of people to do this kind of thing they want to do it."

Last year was the first year of the project and volunteers completed a total of 51 projects, this year they hope to finish 35 projects.

ReNEW is an effort by Habitat for Humanity, Couleecap, The Powell-Hood-Hamilton Neighborhood Association, WisCorps, the city and county of La Crosse, the Neighborhood Revitalization Commission, Viterbo University, UW-La Crosse and Gundersen Lutheran.

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