11.25.16: Man living in shanty gets new home in Grand Rapids area
WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — A homeless man who was ordered to tear down a shanty in the Grand Rapids area has found a new home — with a piano.
John Foster Bentley tells WOOD-TV that he’s been “overwhelmed” by the kindness of others. A business owner, Mike Rose, heard about Bentley’s ordeal and said he could live in one of his rental homes in exchange for fixing it up.
Bentley built a shanty on public land in Wyoming, a Grand Rapids suburb. He was ordered to tear it down by Thanksgiving. Bentley got offers of food and shelter after the TV station reported about the order.
The 53-year-old says he’s a former factory worker who doesn’t have a job.