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Macon city council wants to put a hammer and nail to some projects in their city.

Tuesday night, members approved$180,000 in grant money to help repair homes for the elderly and disabled.

A portion of that goes toward two year-round programs, Rebuilding Macon Inc.and the Economic Opportunity Council. They help with projects like fixing floors and roofing.

$40,000 will buy building materials for the Mission Serve Project, where twelve college students from around the country will volunteer to spend a week repairing as many Macon houses as they can.

"All of those minor home repairs help blighted neighborhoods because they make them better places to live, not just for the individual resident and the whole neighborhood itself," says council member Lauren Benedict.