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Fundraising campaign launched to help veteran keep his home by By Lizzy Alfs | firstname.lastname@example.org
Joshua Parish of the Livingston County Department of Veterans Affairs has a goal: to help a veteran keep his Pinckney home after it was sold at a sheriff auction in March.
Parish launched a crowdfunding campaign on June 25 and plans to host fundraisers to try to raise $132,000 in order for Ross Dahlberg to reclaim his home before a six-month redemption period expires on Sept. 26.
“The veteran is currently wheelchair bound and he suffers from several medical ailments that would make moving him to a new location very difficult,” Parish said.
Parish said a series of unfortunate events led to Dahlberg’s current situation: a Korean War-era veteran, Dahlberg was hospitalized for health issues and fell behind on his mortgage.
Owing about $4,000, Dahlberg applied for the Step Forward Michigan program, which allows residents who meet a minimum set of qualifications apply for up to $30,000 in past due property tax or mortgage payment relief.
Parish said Dahlberg was initially approved for the program, but his application was later denied due to a clerical error.
Dahlberg contacted Parish, who works as a veterans benefits counselor in Livingston County, and Parish drafted an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order in court to save Dahlberg’s house from going to a sheriff's auction while Parish tried to obtain the $4,000 to pay the past due mortgage.
The motion was denied and Dahlberg’s home sold to Day Glo LLC for $132,000 in March.
Dahlberg is living in his home until a six-month redemption period expires in September.
“The redemption period will expire, and if we cannot raise the funds to keep him in his home, the company that purchased his home is going to evict him or remove him from the home,” Parish said.
“The vet is adamant about staying in the home. He’s owned that home for 20-plus years. In his own words, ‘I want to die there,’” Parish continued.