Tuesday, September 13, 2011

101 Year old woman evicted from her home


By Julius Kane

101 year old Texana Hollis was evicted from the home she lived in for almost 60 years because her son was unable to pay the mortgage.  On Monday the south west Detroit resident had her belongings set outside of the home she shared with her 65 year old son, Warren Hollis. Although in charge of his mother's well being, Warren Hollis made no arrangements for the impending eviction, instead choosing to ignore the court order.

The Hollises took out an adjustable-rate mortgage in 2002. A default and foreclosure notice was filed in November. The lack of  financial guidance has cost many black senior citizens their homes since the housing crisis began. Warren Hollis stated that he hadn’t paid the mortgage in several years and disregarded the eviction notices. Warren told county officials he simply "threw the notices into the trash can because I didn’t want my mother to worry." Although a senior citizen himself, there's no way Warren Hollis could have thought tossing his bills into the trash can was somehow going to make them go away.

A concerned neighbor allowed Texana and Warren to move into the vacant house across the street until the situation could be resolved. County officials, activists and non-profit organizations were working to help Mrs. Hollis get back into her home. The county has already helped thousands of residents stay out of foreclosure. After the eviction the 101 year old woman was taken to the hospital after she became disoriented from all the stress.

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