Avondale Women Grateful for Helping Community Save Home – The Henry Club

Cincinnati – This time last year, Naima Jackson was afraid she would lose her family because she couldn’t afford the repairs it need.

Now, his home is ready for the next generation for WCPO 9 readers and viewers, who stepped in to cover the cost of upgrades and repairs.

“That house, from a mechanic’s point of view, has been in really good shape for decades to come with these things,” said Amy Goodman, a Sibsi Kline real estate agent and Fair Housing officer soliciting donations for Jackson’s home. . I should be.” “As long as they’re maintained, they can last a long time, which would be great.”

In December, Jackson said she appreciates the kindness and support from the many individuals and companies that have contributed.

“I am grateful,” she said.

The WCPO first reported on Jackson in early 2021, as she struggled to maintain her family home in Alaska Court in Avondale.

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Her great-grandparents bought the house more than 50 years ago, becoming the first black homeowners on the street. Jackson inherited the house from his father, and the house has been paid for for more than 20 years. But Jackson’s monthly Social Security disability check couldn’t cover the cost of the repairs needed to keep the home livable. He sought help from local nonprofits with no luck and tried unsuccessfully to obtain a second mortgage or home equity loan.

“This family home is everything,” Jackson said at the time. “I’m trying to save a legacy.”

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Naima Jackson, posing with her father, Nathaniel “Sip” Jackson, in an un-date photo.

Almost immediately, WCPO 9 began receiving emails and calls from people who wanted to help.

Donated funds, worked in excess of $60K in total

A day after the original story was published, Tracey Emkulo launched a GoFundMe campaign for Jackson. It raised over $6,600.

deer park roof A new roof and gutters were installed at Jackson’s home in May as part of the company’s charitable project for 2021. Owens Corning donated the shingles, and Deer Park supplied the labor and other materials. The total value of the work was approximately $12,000.

This photo taken by Deer Park Roofing shows the new roof of Naima Jackson's home after it was completed.

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This photo taken by Deer Park Roofing shows the new roof of Naima Jackson’s home after it was completed.

With Rich Goodman, a Project Manager north point development And Amy Goodman’s husband took on the role of general contractor for the rest of the work. His wife had sent him a link to the original story, he said, and the couple felt compelled to help.

Several Greater Cincinnati contractors and companies took part in the work, including sure mechanical, kraft electrical contract, jaco waterproofing And Art of the Interior.

Companies contributed labor and materials to replace Jackson’s furnace, install an air-conditioning system, upgrade the electrical system, improve drainage in the basement, and replace the flooring on the main floor of Jackson’s home. Businesses cover about $30,000 worth of labor and materials for all that work. The Northpoint Foundation paid for the cost of approximately $10,000.

In the end, Goodman also gave Jackson a check for about $6,400 of the remaining money from a separate GoFundMe campaign he had started to help pay for repairs.

Rich Goodman poses for a picture with Naima Jackson after handing over a check in December 2021.

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Rich Goodman poses for a picture with Naima Jackson after handing over a check in December 2021.

Renewal priorities of changing medical needs

The project did not go exactly according to plan.

Rich Goodman said, “Plan A was essentially to get the basement into habitable condition so that Naima could leave her living quarters in the main floor for her mom.” “What was ultimately happening was that his mother was actually going to the hospital.”

This means that Jackson should be able to move his mother into the house as soon as possible, and he needs to be on the same floor as his mother so that he can take care of her.

Plan B was to get a new floor for the main floor of the house.

“The bus basically simplifies the mobility between rooms and spaces on the main floor,” Rich Goodman said. “We were able to bring down a vinyl plank faux wood floor while most of the space was covered with carpeting.”

The goal, he said, was to make it easier to move medical beds throughout the house.

Amy Goodman said that Goodman’s GoFundMe campaign did not grow as she expected. But since a lot of labor and materials were donated to the work, she said they were able to cover a lot of the internal work anyway.

This photo shows water damage inside Naima Jackson's home prior to repair.

Courtesy of Naima Jackson

This photo shows water damage inside Naima Jackson’s home prior to repair.

“Pretty much every major mechanical piece in the house was replaced,” she said. “New furnace with new electric panels, split-level AC units installed by Sure Mechanical, which we were not even anticipating. There was no AC in the house, so he installed AC.

Rich Goodman praised the generosity of the contractors and said how well they coordinated their work.

“It’s not like we put out used equipment,” he said. “I mean, we’ve got a new furnace donated.”

Jackson is busy with his mother’s medical care and couldn’t do another interview, but Amy Goodman said one major problem remained—even after all the work on Jackson’s home was completed: the fact that so many homeowners needs, and the approach that works for Jackson may not work for everyone.

“Nobody has the resources to get any of this,” Amy Goodman said. “A lot of people are going to look at this and be like, ‘Okay, what can I do? And I think that’s still a big shortcoming that people have. When they need support So it is really hard to find the resources.

‘People care’

Amy Goodman said she doesn’t have an answer to that problem, but said she doesn’t think anyone should wonder if they’re going to lose their home, especially when something like Jackson’s is paid for.

“I hope someone smarter than us will see this story and figure out how to help,” she said. “Whether it’s a foundation or a non-profit, whatever it is, there’s someone out there that can build something like this. Or if there’s something like it, how can they measure it? Because the need isn’t over. It’s happening. The COVID didn’t help him at all.”

David Noe, left, Naima Jackson, center, and Amy Goodman pose for a photo outside Jackson's Avondale home in March 2021.

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David Noe, left, Naima Jackson, center, and Amy Goodman pose for a photo outside Jackson’s Avondale home in March 2021.

To everyone struggling like Jackson, Amy Goodman said she hopes they get something more out of the story.

“I’m also hoping that if someone is going through a tough time right now, they see that people care,” she said. “The thought and the care is there. I think companies talk to that. I think the people we’ve raised money from really talk to that, and I hope they know that we know about them.” Knowing. Thinking.

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