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Down Payment For a Home For a Family of 4

Organized by: Alane Johnson

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We are a family of four consisting of 1 mother, 1 father and 2 male children (ages 4 & 9). We are all hard workers in our own right. Both my husband and myself have full time jobs and are probably considered middle class but there are not many options for us as we make too much for "affordable" options and too little for "wealthy" options. We are currently living in a 2-bedroom apartment in the South Bronx, NY. Our sons attend one of the nations best Charter schools and do exceptionally well. Our oldest son is a member of the Math Club and track team where he has won medals in both. The youngest one is following in his brothers foot steps already. We are completely focused on the children's education and make all sacrifices based on their schedules. Based on that sacrifice alone, it requires us to hire a lot of help in picking them up from school. The boys attend 2 different schools so 2 different people have to pick them up. Once they are picked up, my husband and I race home to relieve the help to then resume daily duties. The youngest one has had some troubles with allergies and the reactions. After trial and error the Doctors have deemed him not to have asthma but to have allergic reactions that trigger asthma. He is allergic to ibuprofen and certain foods so I have to make sure that I make all of his lunches and keep and EpiPen with me at all times.

In no way are we complaining about have a hectic everyday routine or are we going to use the money in vein. The area that we are in has changed a lot in the last 7 years and the new developments are only housing mentally ill and homeless people. It is bad enough that our children can not go outside because it is no where for them to play but now there is more of a concern of who may be moving into the neighborhood. It would be our dream to be able to move into a nice home where it is safe and the everyday struggles of city youth does not distract them from their learning.

We are hoping that this finds a generous person that would like to see a loving, caring, focused, hard-working and genuine family win (just-a-little-bit). Thank you for taking the time to read this heartfelt request for help.


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