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Kean University Frat Buys Land for a Sierra House Family
NEWARK - A group of Kean University fraternity members are doing their part to help a family in need. The members of Iota Phi Theta bought a plot of land in Newark for $1,000. The city ran a special program on Valentine’s Day, selling couples empty lots for a cheap price if they agreed to build on the land and live there for five years.
The city allowed the fraternity to buy the land because the students will be allowing a homeless family to live there, free of charge. That family is currently living in a shelter.
“I see a chance to change someone’s life,” says senior Tosin Oduwole.The hope is to break ground on their lot by April and have the family move into the new home by the summer. “We want to teach that to new people soon to join [the fraternity], that we continually and forever will do what we can to give back to our community,” Oduwole says. “I want to be 60 years old and this initiative our organization is doing is still happening.”
Once they submit plans to the city, the fraternity should receive the title and deed.
They are already working with a contractor on a prefabricated home that should cost less than $100,000 to build. They are raising money through a GoFundMe Page.
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