BRIDGEPORT - Vacant houses in Bridgeport will soon be getting a facelift, according to city officials.

A new program aims at turning the abandoned homes into less of an eyesore on the surrounding community.

Officials say that although there are more than 700 blighted properties in the city, right now they are focusing on the 100 worst properties.

Crews say they started the project on Central Avenue because there are so many abandoned houses in the area. They say giving the vacant homes a facelift makes the entire area a better place for the neighbors.

Officials say they are looking to expand the program and that so far they have gotten a positive response from people in the community.