Upstate apartment complex offers discounts to local heroes

Cameron Evans signed up for the Local Heroes Program. FOX Carolina/ May 10, 2018)

Cameron Evans isn't even supposed to be here.

"My freshman year, I was in a car accident," said Evans. "I actually flew from the car and hit a tree and I was in a coma for about a month and half."

Doctors didn't think he would live, and told him he would never walk again.

"What made me want to be a teacher- I woke up to my 8th grade English teacher," he said.

It inspired and motivated him to help others. He started teaching about five years ago and recently moved to the Travelers Rest area where he teaches History at Travelers Rest High School.

"I was riding around looking for places to live and I just looked over to my right and (said) oh this place looks pretty nice," Evans said.

He saw Mosby Poinsett, but didn't think he could afford to live there until a manager told him he was a local hero.

"When they told me they were doing this, I was like, 'Wow, that's pretty cool,'" Evans said.

Property managers offer 30 percent discounts to local heroes.

"It's kind of one of those places that you really don't want to leave," Evans said.

Danielle West is the regional manager for new development with Middleburg Real Estate, the company that owns Mosby Poinsett.

"The Local Heroes Program was founded out of Middleburg's greater sense of social responsibility," West said. "We reserve 5 percent of our apartment homes for local heroes, for our first responders, firefighters, police officers, paramedics and teachers."

She says the company supports those who make the greatest contributions to their communities.

"We make a significant investment in giving back in all of the cities that we develop in," she said.

There are contemporary apartment homes with garages, a pool with mountain views and other amenities. It's what makes Evans feel at home.

"Having the community support us, to support those students, means everything," he said.

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