Now, in his late 80's, Mr. Council is still seeking a life lived in peace. The NC Department of Transportation is extending the NC-540 highway. As many know, these projects often come with a steep cost. Finding himself in the way of this particular project, Mr. Council was forced to leave his long-time home in Holly Springs.
Thankfully, he has recently found a new home. Unfortunately, 20 years ago, the Federal government offered Mr. Council a $20,000 loan to help him make his place of residence more livable. These loans were targeted toward low-income seniors and did not have to be paid back, as long as the individual continued to live in their house. Now that Mr. Council is being forced to move, he must pay this loan back.
Members of the NAACP and Mr. Council's attorney have tried to get this debt forgiven, but these efforts were unsuccessful. Mr. Council will be closing on his new home in the coming days and will be living off of his modest social security check. It is now up to our community to stand in solidarity with Mr. Council as he continues to face adversity in his later years.
To those who donate and spread the word, thank you. Thank you for showing that people, when they come together, can be a powerful thing.
- Russ and Kristy
Organizer and beneficiary
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