Owego students will help rehabilitate a vacant house in a village | WIVT
OWEGO, NY – Some Owego Free Academy students are learning construction trades while making a home livable again.
About 20 vocational and technical students will rehabilitate a vacant home at 103 Liberty Street in the Village over this summer and next school year.
They will be split into a morning and afternoon shift during the school year, assisting professional contractors with gutting the single family home and removing siding.
Then they will work on carpentry, plumbing, electrical and more.
A partnership between the school district and the Tioga County Land Bank purchased the building and is paying for the renovations with a $65,000 grant from the Floyd Hooker Foundation.
“We have seen the benefit of working with in our community to do some really great work. Something our children can be proud of for years to come when they drive by in the future. Something they can point to and have been working on,” says Workplace Learning Coordinator Mike Daly.
Home Central is also supporting the project.
Daly says once the renovation is complete, the school will work with the county to find a family to buy it.
They will then use that money to start working on another rehab.