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Rebuild Disabled Veteran's Home

$4,310 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 4 months
Created January 10, 2018
Willard Swinson, born and raised in Clinton, NC, a college graduate with a degree in history and political science, and an Air Force Veteran, is looking for the community's help after his home was devastated by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Willard moved into his home on McKoy Street in 2002. In 2006, he suffered a devastating and life-altering fall, which left him a quadriplegic. After several years in rehabilitation hospitals, he returned to his home, now wheelchair bound. He worked to make his home safe and handicapped accessible - a process made difficult by his quadriplegia. The roof of the home began to leak.  Swinson had plumbing and roofing repairs done, but the roof still required additional repair, so it was partially covered with a tarp.


Willard survives on just veterans’ benefits and social security disability benefits. While he was trying to figure out how he could pay for the roof repairs on his limited income, Mr. Swinson was contacted by the City of Clinton in 2016 and instructed to vacate his home for code violations. Not knowing he could fight this, he moved out of his own home and moved into the first place he could find – subsidized housing for the elderly which is not handicapped accessible and for which he must pay rent which strained his very limited disability income.

Shortly thereafter, Hurricane Matthew struck, leaving Willard’s home beyond repair. Since then, Mr. Swinson has been desperately trying to get grants from a variety of government agencies to repair his home, with no success. He longs to move back to his home, the only asset he owns debt free. Regrettably, because he had moved out of his home in compliance with the City’s directive, he was later denied a Sampson County grant to repair his home because a pre-condition was that grant applicants reside in the homes they seek to repair. In 2017, the City sought to demolish the home, given its deterioration.  Mr. Swinson has tried repeatedly to get his home repaired or to get grants to get it repaired to avoid that loss.  He tried dutifully and attended all City Council meetings to attempt to defend his home, eventually the City ordered demolition, at his expense.

Henson Fuerst, a North Carolina law firm learned of Mr. Swinson's dilemma and wanted to help him save his home. Henson Fuerst reached out to multiple organizations trying to find a way to get Willard back into his home. We need the community to stand up and help.

Please donate today so we can move a veteran back into a safe home, his own home, on his own land. Please let’s all make sure that Mr. Swinson is returned to his home!

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Willard Swinson's home was demolished before his very eyes on May 21, 2018. This empty lot is all that remains of his property. The city is charging Willard $5100 for the demolition but we have only raised $4170 in our attempts to raise money to pay for the demolition and rebuilding of an ADD compliant home for Willard. The demolition bill is due June 29. Please donate to this worthy cause to cover the remaining balance on the demolition, and to help build him a new modest home on the footprint of his old home. Money, services, equipment, building supplies, a building plan -- all of these are both requested and welcomed. Thank you to all who help this deserving disabled veteran.
May 21 2018 demolition left vacant lot
Letter with bill
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The City of Clinton has scheduled the demolition of Willard Swinson's home and informed us of its cost. We are $110 short of the cost of demolition. It is $5,110.00 counting the teardown and the asbestos inspection report (there was no asbestos). So now we need the following:
Additional money to pay for the demolition
Services and money to build and pay for a new home for Mr. Swinson
The help of a local Clinton NC videographer to film the demolition of Mr. Swinson's home, which is scheduled for May 7 in Clinton. Please donate on line or contact me to schedule donation of services. . Thanks to all for your help.
Willard and I in front of his home
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The City of Clinton has scheduled the demolition of Willard Swinson's home and informed us of its cost. We are $110 short of the cost of demolition. It is $5,110.00 counting the teardown and the asbestos inspection report (there was no asbestos). So now we need the following:
Additional money to pay for the demolition
Services and money to build and pay for a new home for Mr. Swinson
The help of a local Clinton NC videographer to film the demolition of Mr. Swinson's home, which is scheduled for May 7 in Clinton. Please donate on line or contact me to schedule donation of services. . Thanks to all for your help.
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Hi all, I had an excellent question from a potential donor. It was "why is Todd Belisle listed as payee if Willard Swinson is the beneficiary of this fundraiser?" A great question with an equally great answer. Todd Belisle is an attorney who donated his services to this fundraising project by creating and administering what is known as a "special needs trust" on behalf of Willard Swinson. He too is a donor to Willard, of his services. The trust was created to protect Willard Swinson's limited public benefits from being reduced by donations to the fundraiser . For example, had we not created the trust, Willard's public housing cost would go up by every donation.
Remember that Willard owned (and owns) his home free and clear and had no rent until the City of Clinton forced him to vacate his home and move into what is unsuitable housing he cannot afford. Todd is the V ice President of "The Centers," an organization which creates special needs trusts for persons who are disabled. Many thanks to Todd for creating and administering this trust on behalf of Willard Swinson. If Todd's name threw you off from donating, don't let it do so. Willard Swinson is the beneficiary of the special needs trust!
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Raised by 47 people in 4 months
Created January 10, 2018
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