Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Delores Powell

Sunday, January 24 at 8:00pm ET/PT (7:00pm CT, 9:00pm MT) ***Special 2 Hour Episode*** on Citytv

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition traveled to Buffalo, New York – with music star and celebrity volunteer, Ashanti — to meet Delores Powell, a Jamaican immigrant and community activist whose home is barely livable. Moving here 22 years ago, Delores worked hard to support herself and her growing family, but the accomplishment was overshadowed by the abusive nature of her relationship with her ex-husband. In 2002, after reaching her limit, Delores picked up her children and moved to Buffalo, NY, in search of affordable housing. They rented an apartment for a year before finding a six bedroom “fixer upper.” Delores struck a deal with the seller personally, but unfortunately the seller failed to disclose that the house was on the city’s demolition list. Delores, 49, and her children Joel, 18, Gabrielle, 16, Deborah, 15, and Anschel, 10, began building scaffolding, hanging drywall, installing windows, and countless other repairs. But even after five and a half years of work, the family’s home is unlivable. Now it’s up to Ty and the design team to build Delores and her family the strong, safe home that will support this family and their dreams.

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