This is a fund raiser to help this couple have a home before Christmas.
This is Mr. Alex's story.
Alex Rodriguez is a retired vet. of 20 years who fought for our country. He is a loving husband, friend to the neighborhood that he and his wife live in. He is suffering from terminal COPD due to exposure to chlorine gas in 2009 while working in a pool pump room at his place of employment and due to not recieving his retirement benifits he suffers daily struggling to breathe making it it almosy impossible at times for him to even move. His wife has to rely on donations of medication and inhalers given to him by friends along with this his nebulizer supplies have been trashed and he is in desperate need of new. Due to his not knowing if the VA is ever goimg to fix what they messed up and grant him his benifits so his wife can take care of him and have a permanent home as his illness progresses.
With this heavy on him he decided to take a contract with a l9cal property investor to revamp clean up and make desirable 2 apt complexes here in the downtown Killeen low income area near Ft.Hood.
For the past year he and his wife had been working as a property manager, and maintenance . Managing a 20 unit complex along with an 8 unit complex in the same area. They took on the contract with the promise of a quick sale of both buildings and the promise of a payout once they had gotten them back in livable condition and cleaned up the bad element that was present selling drugs and engaging in other illegal activities. After just 1 month of living at the 20 unit complex they had it to where it was actually peaceful and people started respecting where they lived again . The neighborhood around the complex was benefiting also. Alex having the kind heart that he does was
helping people with a very limited income with a place to live by helping them get into a lease and helping provide them with resources for utilities. Due to the area there are alot of kids and young people who were homeless or running the streets getting into trouble. Alot of times some had nowhere to take shelter from the elements. So instead of having more damage done to the property and police called he helped the local homless youth by letting them sleep in vacant units as they were being remodeled and let them help with painting and small odd jobs.
He was respected and very well liked.
He removed gang element from the 8 unit he was managing working with law enforcement to do so. Making that property a desirable sale.
Then a tragic inxident occured afyer he had returned back to the bigger complex from being off sight for a month. A very dear friend who happened to be one of those kids they helped was brutally murdered in the parking lot of the once now peaceful comunity that he helped to create. The investor made it an issue so as to not try and fufill the contract and used it to try and cover up shady business practices going into foreclosure on the 8 unit and not disclosing it to Mr. Alex. Violating the contract and all the work he had been doing , not recieving a salery was done in vane. Waisting valuable time he doesnt have. So he was forced to vacate the apartment they were residing in and move. Causing them to spend out what little savings he had left.
He was again approached to get the 8 unit ready to sale by the pwner who had taken the buulding back with yet more promising of a lump payment when it sold due to Alex knowing the building, neighborhood and people who lived there. So he did the work again having faith still that it would work out for them and he would have a little bit of saving to live on when he got sicker.
The building sold and again the investor defaulted on his agreement. Mr. Alex is living on the property now and the new owners have taken the option of not honoring the lease agreements of the few tenants living there. Giving them notice to move and having Alex assume that he was ok and respected the hardships he endured benifiting them. Now as of this past Monday they have been informed that they need to vacate their apartment with very little notice to find anything slightly sutable due to them having no income to have put back into savings and no funds to find a place.
Most of the people he helped have done him wrong and didnt follow through with what they promised to do to keep their homes all though he kept his side of the agreement.
He and his wife are being so abruptly forced to leave their home with no severance pay or payout from any sale due to the investor lying to him. He has done alot for this community and helped a whole lot of people. He and his wife have housed them when they needed a place to lay their head. Made sure there was a meal on the stove so no one would go hungry, and even nursed them, when they were sick or injured. This neighborhood is not the best in fact its kind of rough but they made an oasis in a desperate and poor area where low income is prominent and the population of homeless is becoming a problem as more and more people loose jobs and the number of homless vets are rising in a city where the largest military post we have is located. Please help us in raising funds to help Mr. Alex and his wife get a place to live so there are not two more homeless older people on the streets of Killeen Tx. and he knows that there are people out there who care like he has about the poeple in his community.