Group pitches in to help rebuild homes for people in need

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A Gowanus-based nonprofit group was hard at work Saturday helping rebuild a handful of homes for people who can't do the work themselves.

James Nixon, 77, has lived in a Bedford-Stuyvesant townhouse for decades. The repairs needed were much more than he could handle alone.

The nonprofit group Rebuilding Together NYC stepped in to help out. They replaced his old carpeting with brand new floors, painted, performed electrical work and even cleaned out his garden.  All in all, it added up to $80,000 worth of repairs -- without Nixon having to pay a dime.  

Organizers say Rebuilding Together NYC aims to help homeowners live in a safe and healthy environment.

Kimberly George is the executive director of the life-changing program. "We want to make sure there's no trip-hazards, there's no allergens, there's nothing in the home that's unhealthy and unsafe," she explains.

Nixon's home was one of four that volunteers were working on Saturday, and one of dozens that will get the same treatment all year.

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