Save the LoveShack!
Organized by: Love Shack
We are a family: biological and chosen, blended and bi-racial, queer and hopeful, black and brown, blooming and surviving, loving, dreaming, and reaching toward home. We need your help to save our home. Learn more about us on our Facebook page.
We moved into the LoveShack 3 years ago as renters--us: Serena and Emily, along with our kids Courtney, Bailey, and Caleb. A few months later we found our beagle-babies, Max and Remy. A year later our then 19-year-old nephew Matthias moved in. Serena's mother Deb visits every other weekend. Many Saturdays and Sundays--and some weeknights--find us here gathered with beloved family and community around the table in our dining room - dreaming, planning, organizing, and celebrating. This is our home.
Not long after moving in, we fell in love with this place and began working with the owner to rent-to-own the LoveShack. Then, the owner went into bankruptcy and the house fell into the hands of a bankruptcy trustee who wants to sell the place out from under us. We have decided to fight for our home. We have been working with the property's bankruptcy trustee, a real estate agent, and a mortgage company over the last few months.
We have a shot at being able to purchase this house for $185,000 (we have been approved for a mortgage loan), but to make this possible we will need to come up with $21,500 (downpayment, closing costs, and associated fees). We know we can't do this alone. We need community support, or we will lose this place that has become our beloved home.
Gentrification is real. We know that if we cannot purchase our home now, we will no longer be able to afford living in our neighborhood. We have witnessed too many in our community pushed-out and priced-out of the houses that once were their homes. We live at a place many identify as the center of an accelerating and humbling wave of gentrification in Old North Durham. We are watching house after house in our area of the city being "flipped," with rapidly rising home rental prices and property costs, neighborhood turnover and massive displacement. We also know that as women of color, we must understand our situation in light of an even larger epidemic - nationwide patterns of housing instability and disproportionate rates of eviction among families headed by black and brown women. We have decided to fight for our home.
We believe in a world of abundance and possibility. We believe that what we do here matters - we work hard, laugh loud, dance often, create boldly, give easily, cultivate humility, and love big. Some say we"go hard" - that would be true of this moment for sure. This is a big bold ask...we know. We are deeply grateful for whatever support you can offer. We love where we live, and it would mean the world to us to be able to stay.
Serena & Emily, Matthias, Courtney, Bailey, Caleb, Max & Remy @ The LoveShack