“Crowdfunding” Helps Philly Squatter Buy Home
At a Philadelphia Housing Authority auction last week, a squatter placed the winning bid on the home she’d been living in for the past eight years.
Jess Meyers, 28, had raised enough with online crowdfunding to make the down payment of $2,500. Now she’s going online again to raise the rest.
Meyers says she gets by as a handywoman. But without enough saved up to the buy the building she calls home, she’s asking online donors to chip in.
“At the $100-level you get a one-night stay there,” she says, with a laugh. “At the $1,000-level you get a weeklong stay and a T-shirt and a patch.”
The house is located near 52nd and Funston.