Organized by: Katie Workman
EDIT: The parties in control of the house have announced that they are going to put the house under contract with a realty agency (no date for doing so announced, so they may have already). PLEASE, PLEASE HELP HOWEVER YOU CAN; SPREAD THE WORD IF YOU CAN'T DONATE!
The house was built over half a century ago, by my grandparents, in what had been one of the most desireable neighborhoods in the area at the time. It has survived all that time, weathering storms, time and even a flood. My mother was raised in it, and my sisters and I spent much of our childhood there. Though times have changed, and the neighborhood is no longer the place it used to be, the house still stands, and it was my grandmother's wish that it stay in the family, if only for the purposes of holidays and family get-togethers.
Unfortunately, due to a series of incidents, both medical and legal, the house is now in the care of parties who have expressed a desire to sell it, in spite of my grandmother's continuing intentions. As such, I would like to buy the house in the hopes of keeping it in the family. Unfortunately, I do not have the funds to purchase the house, nor any reasonable means of getting the funds myself in the foreseeable future. In addition, the house has fallen into some disrepair in the past few years, and would require additional funds to fix the existing problems, check for potentially unnoticed ones, and to pay for the house's upkeep and any and all taxes on the property. Originally, these issues would have been at least partially taken care of or nonexistant, but the aforementioned incidents have changed that.
I have no real hope of managing this on my own, and I don't really know anyone I could turn to for help in a situation like this one. Which is why I humbly turn to the generosity of strangers.
I understand there may be suspicion on your part, so please, ask any questions you feel necessary and I will try to answer them in a timely fashion. I will try to be as open and honest as possible, but there are some things I might be at least discouraged from discussing due to legal issues (it's a long, very messy story, and I would have to check to see which details I'm able to provide).
There are three main categories toward which funds will be used. If/when the funds donated reach the full amount of the first category, further funds will be assumed to be intended for the next, and so on. Furthermore, if one category ends up requiring more funds than expected, those funds will be taken from the category following it. If it ends up requiring fewer funds, however, the excess goes into the category following it.
The categories are as follows:
The House - ~$125,000
The main expense is the house itself, of course. The number listed above is the amount the house was assessed to be worth, though depending on various circumstances it might end up costing more or less than that amount.
The Renovations - ~$50,000
I will admit, I might be underestimating this one. As mentioned above, the house has fallen into some disrepair: there are at least two leaks, one of which has led to black mold in the kitchen (that we know of), there is a roach problem, there may be a rodent problem, and there have been problems with the plumbing in the past which rendered the water unsafe to drink at that time (and which I would at least like to double-check). Needless to say, these are less than ideal conditions for a house that is meant to be used for family get-togethers, where people (and their pets) will be sleeping, eating, cooking, and generally living, if for relatively short periods of time. In addition, there have been times in the past where parts of the house needed to be renovated (particularly, the kitchen) and the work done was sub-par. I'd like to be able to fix these problems, and make the house a safe and comfortable place for guests to spend their time.
The Upkeep - ~$75,000
Once the house is fixed up, it'll need to be kept as close to its newly-improved state as possible. This means keeping the yard neat and trimmed, the inside clean and secure, and utilities running even when no one is there. This, needless to say, costs money. There are also home insurance costs, property taxes, and other costs to consider in the long run. The amount listed above is intended to keep those bills and fees and the like paid for as long as possible.
Total - ~$250,000
I'd like to thank everyone who's read this. Even if you don't donate, I know your time is valuable to you, and I appreciate your spending some of it here. If you can't donate but still want to help, I'd like to ask that you help spread the word; by the time you read this, most likely most of the people I know and am able to tell will already know and possibly will have signal-boosted this, but every voice helps. If you do donate, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have no idea how much your help means to me.
Finally, I would also like to thank you on behalf of my grandmother. She's always been kind and welcoming to just about everyone, and as mentioned, her wish has always been for her home to remain accessible to her children and their children and so on for as long as possible. A lot has happened since this all started, and not all of it has been good. I'm sure she'll be happy if she doesn't have to worry about her wishes concerning her home being ignored.