will.i.am
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This issue is personal for will.i.am, an artist who was raised in and around poverty.

Watch as will.i.am returns to his childhood home.Watch

"I remember when I was 11, I told my mom, 'One day I'm going to buy you a house.' And she said, 'Boy, don't you be making promises you can't keep.' I was like: 'No, Ma, it's not a promise. I'm going to buy you a house one day,'" he says. "I accomplished the dream, and then my next dream was I want to move my grandma and my aunt. So I was saving and waiting for the right time."

In March 2009, on will.i.am's birthday, he presented his grandmother with a new home in a safe neighborhood. "Now that I can take care of my family, I don't want to just stop with my own," he says. "I don't dream to be like mega crazy rich. I just want to be able to create, make music and help people when they need it."

will.i.am is using his own money to pay off the Ellers' and Allgoods' homes, but he doesn't want to stop there. Through his new i.am home fund, will.i.am hopes to raise enough money to save more people from foreclosure.

"If you bring people together who have big hearts and [are] caring, they can make a difference and help America's problem out," he says.

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Published on May 10, 2010
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