Single mom selected to live on property bought by fraternity

Jovanni Franklin and her 2-year-old son DeShawn were selected to live in a home built by a Kean University fraternity.

Jovanni Franklin and her 2-year-old son DeShawn were selected to live in a home built by a Kean University fraternity. (3/18/15)

NEWARK - A young mother might soon have a home of her own thanks to the good deeds of a Kean University fraternity.

Members of Iota Phi Theta purchased a vacant lot in Newark for $1,000 during the city’s special Valentine’s Day property sale. The members of the fraternity plan to build a home there and have selected Jovanni Franklin and her 2-year-old son DeShawn to live there free of charge.

Franklin and her son currently live in Sierra House, an organization that provides housing and assistance to homeless and lower-income women.

The fraternity is trying to raise $100,000 through a GoFundMe site to get enough money to start building the home.

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