Black Positive People : 1 Year Rent Free Home for a Homeless Family

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    Former L.A. entertainment lawyer gives up his house for a year to homeless family

    Tony Tolbert is offering his Los Angeles house to a homeless family of five, rent-free for a year. 'You don't have to be a billionaire to do something good for someone else,' the generous 51-year-old said. He'll be living with his mom for 2013.

    PUBLISHED: THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2013, 1:23 PM

    BY RHEANA MURRAY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS


    A one-time hotshot entertainment lawyer gave up his fully-furnished Los Angeles house so a homeless family can live there for an entire year — for free.
    It’s an act of generosity that Tony Tolbert, now a professor at UCLA’s School of Law, says is just the right thing to do.
    "You don't have to be a billionaire to do something good for someone else," Tolbert told the Daily News.
    “A lot of us have something to offer that can help make a contribution to someone else’s life,” he said. “A lot of us forget that we can actually make a difference.”
    Last week, Tolbert moved back home with his mom, where the altruism all began.
    Growing up, his father always lent the family's spare bedroom to someone in need.
    “I honestly can’t remember a span where there wasn’t some non-family member living with us,” he said. “It planted the seed that that’s something you do, take care of other people who are in a position where help is needed.”
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/lawyer-house-homeless-family-article-1.1232267
     
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    Tolbert found Felicia Dukes through a local shelter. She was broke and struggling to support her four children - the eldest who wasn't even allowed to stay at the shelter, which was only for women and children.
    The shelter explained Tolbert's offer to Dukes.
    "They had a young man that wanted to donate their house to you for a year," she recalled to CBS News. "And I'm looking at her, like, what? Like - Are you serious?"
    At Tolbert's home, Duke's family could be together again, and get back on their feet. They moved in Dec. 29.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/lawyer-house-homeless-family-article-1.1232267
     
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