60 year-old, Mr. Carl, bought his home in 1971 with the G.I. bill after returning from the Vietnam War. He and his wife, Miss. Roberta have raised their two children in this home. When Hurricane Katrina hit, his family evacuated while he stayed in the house. After two weeks, conditions became unbearable so Mr. Carl joined his family at the evacuation site. The family watched their home become flooded before their eyes via CNN.
The hurricane created roof, siding and foundation damage on the home. Mr. Carl received compensation from Road Home for repairs but like many in New Orleans, he became a victim of contractor fraud. His contractor never completed the work that was started and as a result Mr. Carl lost over $60,000 and is left with a home he cannot live in. Mr. Carl hired an attorney to seek restitution and was advised to not work on the home due to it being evidence.
Five years later, Mr. Carl finds himself being fined by the city for his home being a public nuisance and a blighted property. Despite, a severe back injury that has left him permanently hunched over he has been trying to work on his home.
Chronic stress due to this overwhelming situation, living on a fixed income, coupled with his physical disability has left him in dire need of help. The United Saints is willing to provide volunteer labor but Carl’s is situation calls for more financial assistance.
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On September 13, 2011, we welcomed a group of volunteers from Pepperidge Farms who worked on Mr. Carl’s house. Check out the work they did!
Mr. Carl received more than $20,000 from Road Home to help with the repairs! We are continuing to work on Mr. Carl’s house, but we can’t do it alone! We still have to work on the the interior of the home and hope you want to help!