Published: Aug 18, 2010 3:32 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 18, 2010 12:32 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Sprucing up a neighborhood is no easy task especially when you are using tens of thousands of dollars in your own money to help others in need. That's why when someone made off with half-a-dozen air conditioning units from an apartment complex the financial hit was personal.

"Its just amazing. The frustration is beyond belief", says Tommy Senatore.

Senatore was thinking about the community when he purchased a single-story apartment complex off Oak Drive and 5th avenue in Pine Manor last month.

"If I can get 20 or 30 of these properties and get neighbors to do the same, it doesn't take a lot to change a neighborhood", he adds.

Senatore works with Lee County in getting affordable housing for the elderly and those in need of a home. His properties are bought on the cheap, renovated with private money and put for rent.

"We're not getting any kind of grants", he says.

Last month, someone made off with all the A.C. units because of the copper inside.

"For the $30, $40 they are going to get. I feel bad they have to stoop so low to get this kinda of money".

No arrests have been made.