The selected areas all have a concentrated supply of what the Woodstock Institute — a Chicago-based research and financial advocacy organization — calls "zombie properties." Those are properties in which a foreclosure case "has been filed but not resolved for more than three years."
Volunteers from the Oak Park branch of U.S. Bank and union contractors who donated their time painted the walls of Woods’ home and made plumbing repairs.
Woods said he’s grateful Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago chose his home for its annual National Rebuilding Day.
Another Austin resident, 73-year-old Lillian Sanders, told the Chicago Tribune she felt “very, very good” as volunteers painted her bungalow, made other home repairs to the home and planted tulips in the backyard.
The volunteers were just as happy to do the work.