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Midtown Block being transformed into affordable housing as part of Midtown 100 initiative

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A block of vacant homes in Milwaukee wiill soon turn into brand new affordable houses. 

It's part of the Midtown 100 initiative. 

This week, Habitat of Humanity will transform the area of 30th and Brown into a row of new homes. More than 400 volunteers will be on site to completely frame four new homes, thanks to support from Komatsu, a global company with headquarters in Milwaukee. 

"Get everybody out of the office atmosphere, get them off the shop floor, get them out working hand in hand towards one cause,' said Tom Bruner, Vice President of Surface Operations and Supply Chain for Komatsu. "We've got a fantastic opportunity to not only just give somebody a place to live, but really give them a home."

Officials say Milwaukee Habitat's Midtown 100 initiative, to build, rehab, and repair 100 homes over the next three years will create the highest concentration of affordable single-family homes built in Milwaukee since World War II. 

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