Volunteers Repair Homes In OKC Historic Neighborhood

Monday, January 21st 2013, 7:32 pm
By: News 9

Volunteers from across the country come to Oklahoma City to repair local homes in a historic neighborhood.

It's called Rebuilding Together OKC, and this week, volunteers are working on homes in the CEC Triangle, a northeast Oklahoma City neighborhood built in the 1920s during the time of Jim Crow laws. Today, many houses in the historic neighborhood are in disrepair and many live in poverty.

A group of volunteers work to fix up nine houses ensuring elderly men and woman can stay put in their houses that some have lived in for more than 60 years.

Ms. Davis is proud of her home and her heritage. But at 90, she can't do all the upkeep on her house. She vividly remembers a time when she wasn't allowed to live past a certain boundary in the city because of segregation, so she ended up on Page Ave.

The neighborhood has changed over the years. Now there's a new push to revitalize some of the homes with a focus on the at-risk elderly population.

Ms. Davis says young generations seem to have forgotten their heritage.

Ms. Davis hopes more people will catch on and start taking care of the neighborhood, which she and other think will help reduce violence in their area.

Rebuild Together OKC was selected after applying to have the teams come and work here. Nine homes in all are being repaired over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.