News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron General

Meaden & Moore

Knight Foundation


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


A disabled Northeast Ohio veteran has a new home
A group founded by disabled veterans is making the American Dream come true for those who are struggling
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


Reporter
Kevin Niedermier
 
Demond Taylor and his wife Amber are honored outside the Avondale home in South Euclid they'll be moving into.
Courtesy of Kevin Niedermier
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
In a few months a disabled Cleveland-area Army veteran will become a homeowner, a goal he was finding harder and harder to reach. During a Veteran’s Day celebration in South Euclid today, a group that helps disabled veterans afford homes gave Demond Taylor the assistance he needed.   
Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:59)


(Click image for larger view.)

 

Demond Taylor returned from Iraq in 2005 suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, just like more than 200,000 other U.S. military veterans.  Because of the depression, memory loss and nightmares, he’s had trouble finding a permanent home for himself, his wife and his three kids. But the organization, Purple Hearts Homes, is helping him become a homeowner.  The organization bought a foreclosed South Euclid house from the Cuyahoga County Land Bank for one-dollar. Purple Hearts will raise about $70,000 and use volunteers renovate it. Outside the white, 2 story bungalow on a residential street, neighbors, city officials and Purple Heart’s co-founder gathered for a Veteran’s Day celebration, where Taylor was the guest of honor.

“When you look up and down this street you can see how neat these people are, look how many have shown up at this event. These people are just like the big hearted organizations and the City of South Euclid and the land bank that put this all together. I believe we were meant to have homes and belong to a community, and that’s what I have the opportunity to do now. I’m really excited and emotional about the whole thing.”

South Euclid is working to bring veterans into the city

Taylor, who works for Cleveland’s Veteran’s Administration Hospital, says the house will give him the feeling of privacy and security he doesn’t have living in an apartment complex. The City of South Euclid recruited Purple Heart Homes to help attract veterans to the community. Ed Gallagher worked with the city’s government on the project.

“The way it works is, the city and Purple Hearts Homes renovate the home, have it reappraised. Once the new value is determined, Taylor will get a loan for 50 percent of that value.”

Purple Heart Homes was co-founded four years ago by wounded Iraq veteran John Gallina, who saw that many disabled veterans across the country like Taylor struggled to afford homes of their own.

“We’ve taken care of all the legal paperwork to make this a Purple Hearts home so we can renovate it and provide it to Taylor and his family. We’re currently working on 20, and we have 250 applications outstanding with 50 now approved. We’re starting to develop supplies and support to bring those to fruition. In 4 years we’ve raised over $1.8 million.”

Purple Heart is working on another home in South Euclid, and has completed one in Akron.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Study shows raising the cigarette tax a dollar could raise $342 million
So, it takes an expert to tell us raising the tobacco tax raises the revenue for the state? Doh. By the way, any one who was going to quit smoking probably alre...

Akron's Highland Square celebrates community spirit and public art
Both Donna and her husband, Joseph are both such amazing art talents! The photos look stunning! I must get down to Angel Falls for an in-person look. I just l...

Pluto: Another off-season, another Browns quarterback conundrum
The Browns do need a draftable QB for the future. Johnny Manziel needs to go and that leaves Brian Hoyer and Connor Shaw. Free agency doesn't really have any so...

Exploradio: Improving the lives of paralyzed people
God bless you doctor. I hope to be alive the day that humans, like me, can use the results of your search...

Nature and nourishment down by the river at the Metroparks' Merwin's Wharf
I love QUICKBITES! I look forward to it every week. One question: is it possible to include a link to the restaurant or store that you profile? Thanks!

Canton's proposed Timken-McKinley school merger is drawing spirited debate
From a sports opinion Varsity would have a lot more talent to choose from So Im sure varsity sports would improve.Also Timkens name would be much more published...

Canton school board will decide whether to merge high schools
I really hope we can save those jobs, usually we try to cut budgets but the demand is still the same. Then we look bad a year or two after the descion is made. ...

FirstEnergy wants PUCO guarantees on nuclear and coal prices
Would just comment that the plant has admitted the following (as reporting in the Akron Beacon Journal): "The utility has said it may have difficulty keeping t...

Mozzarella's easy when you have a way with curd
Hello, Where can I get such a heater that you have? Does it hold temperature that you set? What brand and model is it? Thank you in advance!! :)

Pluto: A healthy LeBron James is the key for the rocky Cavs
It's time to back our Cleveland professional teams through thick and thin. I've seen management, players and coaches come and go and it hasn't changed a thing. ...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University