|Monday, July 01, 2013|
|It may not be home, but it's what these grandparents need|
By Tony Gonzalez|
SMITHVILLE, TENN. — Vickie Yslas still remembers the look on her grandson’s face whenever the question came up: “Where’s your mama?”
The children who asked that of Giovanni, now 10 years old, weren’t trying to be mean. They just wanted to know.
kind of thing doesn’t happen much these days, at their apartment inside
the Fiddler’s Annex complex in Smithville. That’s because Giovanni fits
in with the other kids in one important way:
They’re all being raised
In a rather unremarkable yellow one-story
building, surrounded by tall grasses at the end of a cul-de-sac, a
remarkable experiment is unfolding. It’s the nation’s one and only rural
public housing project established specifically for grandparents with
children in their care.
“In our little enclosed subdivision,
everybody’s the same status. Right next door, that’s grandma and
grandpa. Down the hall, that’s grandpa and grandma,” said Yslas, 55.
“That’s one burden that’s lifted.
And he fits in — to see he’s not the
only one with grandma and grandpa.”
The nine apartments are here
because of a federally funded effort to meet the needs of the growing
numbers of grandparents raising grandchildren.
Read the full story at Tennessean.com.
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