Rescued Building Becomes Home For Once Homeless | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Rescued Building Becomes Home For Once Homeless

Play associated audio
Theresa Holston holds her daughter Layla in the nursery of her new furnished apartment.
Natalie Neumann
Theresa Holston holds her daughter Layla in the nursery of her new furnished apartment.

By Natalie Neumann

Four homeless families have new homes in Takoma Park, Maryland. Their building was rescued from the foreclosure list.

Theresa Holston takes the first steps into her new home. Holston has been living in a homeless shelter since before her four month old baby, Layla, was born. But with the help of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, she now has her own furnished two bedroom apartment.

"I have a living room and I can do laundry when I want to. I wasn't expecting it to feel like home," says Holston.

Layla shrieks while she and her mother tour their new apartment with Sharan London. London is executive director for the coalition. The non-profit organization borrowed money from the County to purchase and renovate the four-apartment complex. London says when they looked into buying the building it was in foreclosure proceedings and had a barely functioning boiler system.

"But we looked beyond that problem and saw the potential," says London.

London says the home will help people like Holston get their feet on the ground.

And now that Holston is out of the homeless shelter she's focusing on other goals.

"I want to go to school and hopefully get a job again," she says.

In the meantime, Holston says she's excited to adjust to her new home.

NPR

'This Fight Begins In The Heart': Reading James Baldwin As Ferguson Seethes

Protests in Ferguson, Mo., continue in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police on Aug. 9. The incident reminds author Laila Lalami of James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son.
NPR

Specialty Food And Agriculture Startups Are Ripening In Greece

Sotiris Lymperopoulos left a good job in Athens to collect wild sea greens for upscale restaurants. Food startups like his may be able to generate thousands of new jobs in post-crisis Greece.
WAMU 88.5

Testimony: Maureen McDonnell Was Prone To Angry Outbursts

In the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, a former staffer says the ex-first lady became increasingly volatile as she prepared for public appearances.
NPR

We Are What We Google: How Search Terms Reflect Our Wealth

David Leonhardt recently compared the terms people search for online in places The New York Times figures life is easiest, against the counties where it's hardest. He discusses the results with Robert Siegel.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.