First Florida General Contractors, Miami, Florida House Sponsorship

For Immediate Release

October 26, 2009

First Florida General Contractors, Miami, Florida

3564 William Avenue
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

The homeowner, 92-years old, is a disabled Army veteran of WWII having served in the military from 1941 - 1945. The veteran was in combat in the Battle of Los Negros in the South Pacific military theatre. He has lived in Miami since 1920 and he purchased the house in Coconut Grove 46 years ago in 1963.

Upon returning from the war, the homeowner worked at James Drugstore. Later he joined the South Miami Pool Company and retired from there in 1976. He was married for 50 years before his wife passed away in 1996. He had 13 children. Currently, one of his daughters and her four children live with and take care of him.

The homeowner is a Rebuilding Together project recipient because a predatory contractor recently convinced him to take a reverse mortgage on his home to pay for some necessary home improvements. He made payments totaling $92,000 to the contractor for work that he soon found out was not in compliance with City of Miami code. The contractor left the home unfinished and with several city violations. As a result, no work has been done to the home for more than 2 years. Rebuilding Together Miami plans to demolish the existing unfinished structure and make his dream home come true.

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