An Accessible Home for Aidan
Organized by: Shannan Hamil
$34,019 Raised to Date!
August 14, 2016
Picture a baby born into the world with the inability to move, process or feel in any way that resembles that of the average child. Out of those two parents, only one decides to commit their life to raising that child. At a mere 33 weeks and 5 days, this child was born through an emergency caesarean section and given the name of Aidan. The cord wrapped around his neck causing a stroke on top of battling Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV). But these were only the first of many struggles. Aidan was born with a malformed brain and suffers from Level 4 cerebral palsy, severe epilepsy called Lennox Gastaut Syndrome, Cortical Visual Impairment, Sensory Processing Disorder and hearing loss up to 30 decibels.
Being almost three years of age, he is confined to a wheelchair for mobility and a G-tube for nutrition. To make things more challenging, Aidan’s mother is alone in raising him after the abandonment with no extended family or support. Due to a total of 16 hospital admissions within the first year and a half from various medical complications, his mom failed her college courses and lost the student loan money keeping them afloat. This is when they became homeless. Even with Social Security and child support, it only comes to $787 a month which isn’t enough for housing.
Having resided in an apartment that flooded multiple times, the resulting mold caused Aidan to be on oxygen and they were forced to move out. His mom called every shelter, organization and agency she could find with no success. There is no housing for single mothers with medically fragile children and all Georgia daycares for these children have long since closed down. In order to qualify for shelters and temporary housing, she would have to work a steady job. However, a job is greatly limited when constant care is needed for Aidan. She applied for Section 8 housing, but was not chosen for the three year wait list. Every possible door has been shut and her options are running out.
Things seemed to turn around when a friend opened up their doors to the two. But once it was discovered that they had a severe hoarding issue, the resulting stench forced the two back on the street.
In July 2016, they were offered the opportunity to live in an empty house for six months after having stayed in a motel for two weeks. Unfortunately, this is only a temporary solution. When the six months are up, they will be confined to sleeping in their car. If child services finds out, Aidan will be taken away from his loving and determined mother. These two fighters cannot be separated. His mother has devoted her life to tending to her son’s needs and putting a roof over their heads.
This housing issue in the state of Georgia needs to be made known. We cannot allow it to separate the bond between a young boy and his mother. Please donate whatever you can to allow them permanent housing while bringing awareness to this housing gap.
All proceeds will go into a savings account at Wells Fargo to ensure its usage is for housing only. Donations can be made through this website, or at any Wells Fargo bank to the fundraiser An Accessible Home for Aidan. In addition, proceeds from the previous GoFundMe fundraiser have been transferred into the Wells Fargo savings account. Give them the support they so desperately need. Make a positive change in their lives and bless them with a life of their own.