LAUREL, Del.- As Laurel continues to recover from Monday's devastating EF2 tornado, some long-planned projects have provided some light in the darkness.

A $500,000 Strong Neighborhoods Housing fund from the Delaware State Housing Authority is paying for four new construction projects and six homes that will be rehabbed by Habitat for Humanity. The new construction will be built by the Milford Housing Development Corporation.

All ten houses are within a four block radius in downtown Laurel.

"We are making an impact and that's what it's all about," says Brian Shannon, the Laurel Redevelopment Corporation's Executive Director. "A strong neighborhood is what DSHA wants to see: a grant recipient make a difference in one neighborhood at a time and that's what's happening here."

Many tell WRDE the projects now have special meaning, as the groundbreaking took place one day after the town was ravaged by a tornado.

"It's kind of surreal. Yesterday was a heartbreaking feeling for many people to see the devastation of what happened," says Laurel Town Manager Jamie Smith. "I know a lot of people have a long road ahead of them but to be able to come out today with the sun out and the winds a little calmer and to know that our future, we are going to have four new homes and four new homeowners, it's kind of exciting and makes yesterday just a little easier."

Ashley Scye is one of the Habitat for Humanity homeowners and says seeing the so many people come out Tuesday shows just how special Laurel is.

"Everybody is here for each other," she says. "It's just awesome. It's just a very tight knit and positive area to live in."

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