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Save Barbara Caporale's Home

$12,050 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 130 people in 2 months
Created December 9, 2017
Barbara Caporale is my friend who has lived in the Lower East Side for over 40 years, and where her grandparents and great parents immigrated.

Although I have known her from activism for tenants and for CHARAS/ El Bohio, I really got to know her when she approached me with resources for my daughter who was suffering from asthma post 9/11 and connected me to various resources, in particular the World Trade Center Environmental Health Center which she was instrumental in advocating for its creation and (city and now federal) funding.




She has fought for anti-displacement of persons, community organizations, and small businesses as well as for social, economic and environmental health justice with the 2.5 billion dollars of the CDBG monies given to our city to help recover and rebuild lives after the 2001 attack on our country and neighborhood. She helped turn out the diverse voices of our community to have an input in the expenditure of these monies, and her community organizing & advocacy pressured 700 million dollars of those funds to be set aside for community use.


As a community gardener, she volunteers as maintenance chair of her community garden, and has led fundraising efforts to gain over $15,000. for intergenerational projects, programs, and events. She recently created the Kids Cook Your Culture Community Food Justice and nutrition education program, where children raise crops, harvest & cook cultural and in season recipes, donate food to the local food pantry and homeless hot meals program, and learn ways that they and their family can eat healthy, support the local economy, and lessen their global footprints.

Now she is facing eviction from her home of over 25 years. 



Barbara is a single mother. She put in years of untold hours of uncompensated labor to save her building as a community housing resource for low-income families, and most importantly to provide a permanent home for her daughter who lived there since before her birth, and is now 20 years old and completing her third year of college. 



Over the past few years she has struggled financially as her health has suffered and last year a tumor was found on her lung. She underwent surgery and thankfully is in the process of healing, but this health crisis set her back considerably. Prior to that she had a few years of grant based and seasonal employment. Although she does not agree that she owes the amount the building management claims; years of dysfunctional managment of the HDFC left her with no choice but to settle in court in order to save her home.




Although she has legal counsel from Urban Justice Center, and support from University Settlement, she received a judgment for $12,800. to be paid by the end of this year.

Barbara has recently started a job working with children and families, (which she loves) and will now be able to pay her monthly rent in full, but with her new part time job, she cannot pay the judgment amount, and has no savings.



If she does not raise these funds by December 31st, she and her daughter will be in default, and evicted.



In the Lower East Side we have lost so many community people to profiteering and greed. Someone like Barbara who has helped so many people and has contributed so much to our LES community should not be forced out for falling on some hard times. Please help us to save Barbara's home.
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Thanks to everyone who gave and to an extra generous anonymous donor we made our goal of 12,000! I am floored by the power of community! My deepest thanks, we saved Barbara's home!
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Happy New Year! I have great news in this campaign to save Barbara's home, an anonymous donor is offering to match dollar for dollar every donation that comes in from 5:15 today until 11:45 tonight up to a maximum amount of $1,540 by the donor. If we double that amount, we will reach our campaign goal of $12,000! Thank you again to everyone who gave, and if you were waiting to give, now is the perfect time!
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A message directly from Barbara:

I am both grateful and humbled by the compassion of so many people, especially at this time of year when many worthy causes and organizations are making appeals for support. I promise you, that in the spirit of CHARAS, both my daughter and I will continue to practice the give-back philosophy, contributing our time, energy, skills, and available resources on behalf of our community, and toward broader impacts.

Our court ordered deadline to raise funds is New Years Eve. That is Sunday. We are requesting a final push to friends as we are just under 3/4s of the way to the amount needed.

This outpouring of support is also so much appreciated by me as it is reaffirming for my daughter. We love our community, friends, and our home and hope to remain here for decades to come. The kindness of strangers is inspirational to us all, and yes, we are so much stronger together.

Prayers for a happy, healthy, successful, & fun New Year, and a saner environment in DC. You all are the movers and the shakers. Keep spreading the love. Thank you a million times. And please send out an end-of-year ‘Hail Mary’ on our behalf.
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Hello all,

We are so happy to announce that we are at the halfway point, thanks to your generous support! We believe that we will save Barbara and Rocky's home and can't thank you enough for your help! Please continue to share this campaign with your networks. We will keep you posted!
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$12,050 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 130 people in 2 months
Created December 9, 2017
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