FUNDING GOAL: $950
During the Katrina evacuation, Michelle Roberts remained in her home with her daughter and her premature grandson, Lennox. While the family was trying to evacuate, the Sheriff’s department turned them back. they were later evacuated by canoe.
Michelle returnedafter the storm to find her house in ruins.
She inherited the house when her great-grandmother passed away. Michele mired deeply in the legal intricacies of ‘succession’– The property remained in her great-grandmother’s name even after her death.
Michelle is one of the 66% of assistance applicants who were excluded because they could not prove clear title to their homes; the same homes in which they had been born, raised, had children, and for which they have paid property taxes, upkeep, utilities and insurance.
Now, her succession case has finally settled, but her home is still gutted and uninhabitable. She faces yet another obstacle– the possibility of being cited for; “allowing a blighted property and a public nuisance.” This will cost her $100-$500 per day, until she has fixed the deficiencies.
Michele requires work on the exterior of her house in order to show the city she is still making progress. If united saints can complete the work on the exterior, it will buy her the time needed to come up with the remainder of the money to complete her rebuilding efforts and guide her home once again.
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