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Hope house gets new homeowners

NILES — Alexis and Pedro DeLalor said they were excited to be moving into their new Cedar Street home that was made possible by the Avenue and Main’s Project HOPE to refurbish houses in each of the city’s four wards.

The two-story house at 205 N. Cedar St. was the first home the Avenue and Main acquired to refurbish. The house is in the third ward.

Project HOPE stands for Home Ownership Provides Everyone HOPE.

“We are so excited. My grandmother lives a few blocks away,” said Alexis, a Niles native and Class of 2013 Niles McKinley High School graduate.

She and Pedro, a Florida native, and their two children like the quiet residential neighborhood.

The couple moved back to Ohio after being in Orlando, Fla.

“We wanted to come back here since my family lives in Niles. I was looking all over the city for a house. I happened to see this one and it is only five minutes away from my grandmother. We drove to see the house and fell in love with it,” Alexis said.

The couple moved in last month and already have had many neighbors stop over and welcome them.

“The neighbors are glad to see a new family with children,” Alexis said.

Pedro said they are excited to be first-time homeowners thanks to help from the Avenue and Main.

Jeff Crowley of the Avenue and Main said it took over a year-and-a-half to remodel the house from scratch.

“We are now looking for our next house. We are all about homeownership and helping people who normally can’t buy a house,” said Debbie Barber of Avenue and Main, noting the down payment for the house was gifted by the organization to help the new residents.

She said many young couples are both working to make ends meet.

The Avenue and Main Inc. has four planned home renovations and upgrades in the city. The program aims to clean up blighted properties while also helping families to purchase a new home.

Crowley and Rich Hale, both project coordinators with Avenue and Main, said the project began in 2018.

The house was donated to Avenue and Main by Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership. Avenue and Main raised $55,000 for improvements as part of Project HOPE homeownership program.

Crowley said plans are to sell the house to a homeowner at 80 percent of the appraised value.

“When we first got the home, it needed totally redone,” he said, noting fixing the house was better than it being demolished.

The home has eight rooms, which were all remodeled along with repairs to the plumbing, electrical and cooling systems.

“We want to spur homeownership and help local families,” he said.

Hale said many donations helped with the project, including $35,000 from the Cafaro Foundation, $10,000 from Home Federal Savings and Loan, $16,500 from the Warren Area Board of Realtors and $10,000 in donated materials from Carter Lumber.

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