Local veteran in search of a helping hand

My name is Dennis Downard.I am a native of Arnold PA now residing in Norfolk va with my son,daughter in law and my grandson.I am creating this go fund me page for my brother Jeffrey Downard who ls a veteran that lives in Arnold PA in what was our family home for 50 years.The house owned by my deceased parents is now in foreclosure and is up for sheriff's sale soon for non payment of taxes.The water and electric have been turned off for over a year and the gas is scheduled to be shut off very soon.My brother spent the last winter in the house with no heat due to the thermostat being electric and couldn't turn on the boiler.My brother has no income and the only assistance he receives is snap benefits from the state and medical assistance from the veterans administration.I have helped him reach out to different agencies for help but with the house being in my parents name and all of the utilities in my grandmothers name i couldn't get anyone to talk to me about the mortgage or help with the utilities.The veterans administration sent my brother an application for housing assistance which he filled out and sent in.They replied telling them they can only help him when the foreclosure is final and he has an eviction notice or when he is actually homeless on the street.There are some pastors from a local church that have been helping my brother with food and rides to the store and the doctor and they are trying to get him an apartment at one of the high rises in New Kensington or Arnold hopefully by the end of the year.The next door neighbor has been so kind to let my brother run and extension cord so that he can have some light especially after dark and he also supplies water as my brother needs it.It's sad that our veterans can't get the help that they deserve without miles of red tape and waiting lists.My brother served proudly in the Air Force for 6 years.Many of you know me as a family member or a friend and you know how bad the winters are in PA.I am trying to raise money so that my brother can afford to find housing so that he doesn't have to suffer through another winter where the temperature of the house is as cold as the outdoor temperature.He is the kind of person that doesn't like to ask for help but dignity and pride won't keep him warm or fed.If you can find it in your heart to donate we both would be very grateful and humbled.If you can please share this post so we can reach as many people as possible.Thank you so much for taking the time for reading this message.Take care of yourselves and each other and god bless each and everyone of you.
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