Group of students renovate Falls home

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – A group of some 75 students transformed a vacant building in Niagara Falls into a beautiful home.

The New York Power Authority provided Isaiah 61 Project $154,500 through its WNY Proceeds Award. With the funds, the program, which trains unemployed and underemployed community members in construction skills, was able to triple its class size, add two more teacher and purchase tools and classroom equipment.

The students worked on a home on Whitney Avenue while being assisted by instructors and licensed contractors.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said, “The City of Niagara Falls sells vacant houses to Isaiah 61 Project for $500 each. So far, six houses have been approved for renovation with more to come. The result will be more renovated houses returned to the tax roll, neighborhoods revitalized, residents being given valuable skills in the construction trades, and some very happy first time home owners.”

The home goes back on the market at the end of this month. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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