With warmer weather approaching, the City of Marietta is providing programs to help city residents.
The sun is out and Georgia Baker can now sit on her front porch with her great grandsons and be proud of her house.
"When visitors, tourist come through Marietta, now when they walk by my house I feel very good about it," says Marietta resident, Georgia Baker, who had her house painted less than a year ago.
It's a program provided by the City of Marietta helping income eligible residents get new paint on their home.
"I bought my house in 1990 and I never had the money to get it painted or have the money to pay somebody to paint it, so I went over there and applied and got the approval and they furnished the paint and the brushes, everything, they furnished everything except the labor," explains Baker.
The City provides a paint kit to help the home prepare to be painted then provides everything necessary for the job.
Baker is just one of the many who have used the state-grant program throughout the years.
"This time of year especially with the paint program it allows them to beautify their homes, protect their homes, and more importantly get rid of the led based paint especially with children, not only in their own homes but their neighboring houses," says the Development Director for the City of Marietta, Andy Coleman.
The city also offers an Emergency Repair Program helping families to quickly fix severe problems in the home.
"Something happening with their home causing it to not be live able, roof leakage or water damage in the home, it provides funds to help them with that. In the winter time we'll have people who furnaces would have gone out or gone bad and then we would've also provide funds for them to repair or replace," continues Coleman.
They say it's all about keeping Marietta beautiful and providing a safer living environment for the community.
Baker says she can now take pride in her home thanks to the opportunity given by the city.
"When visitors, tourist come through Marietta, now when they walk by my house I feel very good about it," says Baker.
For more information or to apply for one of these programs visit the Marietta Community Development at 304 Putnam Street or visit: http://mariettaoh.net/government/community_development/programs