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US man gives house to homeless family

15:00 Thu Jan 3 2013
Matthew Henry

A generous Los Angeles man has moved back in with his mother in order to give his fully-furnished home to an out-of-luck family rent-free for a whole year.

Tony Tolbert, 51, said his father Jimmy, who is suffering from Alzheimer's, set an example of generosity that inspired him to donate the home to a needy family he had never met before, CBS reports.

The Harvard-educated lawyer told the network he could hardly remember a time when his father did not have a person in need staying in their family house.

So he sought out a women's shelter and found homeless mother-of-four Felicia Dukes, who had been sharing a single room at the shelter with three of her children.

"You don't have to be Bill Gates, or Warren Buffett, or Oprah [to be generous]," Mr Tolbert told CBS.

"We can do it with whatever we have. So for me, I have a home I can make available."

Not only does the generous offer get the family into a home, it allows Ms Dukes to be reunited with her eldest son who was too old to live at the shelter.

"My heart just fills up. I'm just really happy," a tearful Ms Dukes said.

Mr Tolbert's mother supported her son moving home, saying he had "always been generous".