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Project Description: The project will provide housing for one homeless family currently living in transitional housing in Newton and a homeless family currently living in a motel or hotel paid for by the Commonwealth.

CAN-DO purchased a single family property at 54 Taft Avenue in West Newton for $590,000. The plan is to add an 1180 sq. ft. addition to the existing building after removal of the back porch of a 2 story building. The resulting project will create one 3 bedroom unit with one bathroom and one 2 bedroom unit with one bath. Renovations include new roof; replacing of stairs and railings on side porch; existing floor joists needs supports and hangars; repair window sashes; rebuilding of basement stairs; need to scope sewer lines to determine if replacement needed; replacing of retaining walls at parking area and around front of house; removal of chimney and replacement of windows. Insulation will be installed at first floor and attic of existing building.

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