published Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Habitat for Humanity hampered by gunfire, crime in central GA city

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — A Habitat for Humanity official says that gunfire and gang graffiti are hurting the nonprofit's efforts to build homes for people in a central Georgia city.

Houston County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Tom Prior said the safety concerns are hampering his organization's ability to recruit partner families in a Warner Robins neighborhood. He said that people just don't want to live there.

The Telegraph reports that Prior made the comments Monday at a meeting of the Warner Robins Redevelopment Agency.

Prior said he will need much more help from the city to continue trying to upgrade the neighborhood, and that gunfire is an issue that needs to be addressed. Residents say burglaries are also a huge problem.

Habitat is finishing its 22nd house in the neighborhood.

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