“It’s Just Overwhelming”: Tyler Perry Pays Year’s Worth Of Rent For Family With Sick Teen Facing Eviction

April 23, 2014  |  

If there’s one thing you can say about Tyler Perry, it’s that he has an incredibly big heart. He’s helped school districts get back on their feet, and now he’s doing the same for the family of a teen with severe aplastic anemia. The family of five has struggled to pay rent and financially deal with the needs of 16-year-old son, John Williams, who has already had two bone marrow transplants. 

Williams’ mother, Xernna Nieves, told WSB-TV of Altanta that she has had issues paying her rent on time, but the apartment complex she resides in, in Stockbridge, Ga., has always worked with her so that she can pay what she owes, even if late. Nieves and and her son were happy to get help from the Make A Wish Foundation in Georgia, which gave Williams the opportunity to meet one of his favorite basketball players, Derrick Rose. But when they returned to their home in Georgia, they found an eviction notice on their door. When Nieves tried to speak to the corporate office of the apartment complex to see what she could do about rent for March and April, she was dismissed: 

I was told that corporate office told her not to accept any more rent money from us.”

Nieves and her family were facing eviction and were to be forced out this week, and she said that she didn’t know where they would go if they were kicked out.

“I have no place to go. I really have no place to go…I don’t have access to public transportation. I don’t have a car. I can’t get around.” 

According to the news report, for reasons due to illness (which wasn’t specified), she says that she doesn’t obtain child support for her four kids and lost her job.

Nieves told this story to WSB-TV on Monday night, and unbeknownst to her, Tyler Perry, of all people, was watching. He found a way to get in contact with Nieves, and offered to pay her rent for the rest of the year while she focuses on her son and getting her life together. She said that he told her there were no stipulations or strings attached to obtaining his offer. Her apartment complex has agreed to accept Perry’s payment, and she is grateful to the movie director for helping her family in such a way and so quickly.

“Thank you. Thank you for watching the news when you did. It’s just overwhelming. 

I just wanted to tell him, to thank him. My family and I, we thank you. He didn’t have to come in person to pay it.”

Get more details on Nieves’ story and Perry’s heartwarming intervention on her behalf below.


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  • Xernna Nieves

    we are the Make A Wish family that Tyler perry helped back in April. The rent office continues to harass us even after they accepted his offer to pay a years rent in advance. They have gone so far as to have my 2 oldest son’s arrested for Criminal Trespassing out of our home that we have been living at for the last 2 years, because they would not allow me to put them on my lease. I have only been able to get 1 of my 2 son’s out of jail. One still remains. Can someone recommend a good attorney that can help us to sue for harassing? If they did not want us to live here, they should not have accepted Tyler Perry’s offer to let us stay. Or can you at least get word to Mr. Terry what is happening. I feel like they are trying to force us out of here after Mr. Perry paid all this money to them.

  • MeeShell Belle

    Tyler definitely has a heart of gold. Her story is one of the many that he tells through his plays and movies.

  • Anjela Keepsitreal

    good is good they let her stay

  • Arreba Alicia Stafford

    What a beautiful story! Tyler Perry is awesome for doing this! God bless him and the family he helped!

  • kiki j

    I love people of power who remembers others when they make it. He will definitely continue to be blessed. Say what you will about Tyler but his intentions are admirable.

  • straight_up

    It’s a wonderful thing what Tyler Perry did and as others have said he will continue to be blessed…. having said that, given Tyler’s history of “assisting” attractive black men, me thinks he was moved to assist this family because the sick young man in question happens to be very attractive….just keeping it real

    • kiki j

      That was ignorant smh

    • Fredster

      Just for future reference. Just because someone is gay doesn’t mean they will “help” any guy with a pretty face. Nor do we see every male as sex objects.

      • Delno_Rutherford

        He also isn’t gay. But he has revealed on several occasions how many women and men in his life including his own father (whom he forgave, he built for a nice house and supplies all his monthly needs) sexually assaulted him as a child.

        He does have a stable girl friend, though as he says he has a hard time trusting people due to the abuse and he is still working through that.

    • Renee

      Stop being weird.

  • Trisha_B

    Very nice of him!

  • IllyPhilly

    He’s always doing stuff like this. Go ‘head bruh!

  • soisaid

    what a beautiful man he is….. heart and soul.

  • hiaphia

    God Bless you Tyler!

  • hiaphia

    God Bless you Tyler!

  • Shay

    Bless his heart, I love hearing good news, amen Tyler Perry….

  • currvalicious

    I’m loving this, warms my heart. Many blessings to this family & all the families struggling to keep it together during these times.

  • Kristen

    Stories like this bring tears to my eyes! It’s really sad that in America it takes a donor to help on this level. There should really be more resources where families like this, who end up in situations like this through no fault of their own can go to. Thank goodness for Tyler Perry in this woman’s situation.

  • hi-liter

    This is the very reason why Tyler Perry will continuing being successful and blessed.

    • hi-liter


      • Anjela Keepsitreal

        yes 100000000000000000% real