101 Years Old and Dealing with This?

Evicted Detroiter: ‘100 Years Old, and Don’t Have a Home’

This story broke my heart. Texana’s son is responsible for this mess:

…Warren Hollis, 65, failed to pay $7,000 in property taxes to keep a reverse mortgage taken out in 2002, despite months of warnings.

HUD foreclosed on the home, but they told her she could stay as long as she wanted. Then, they inspected the place and deemed it uninhabitable. HUD wasn’t willing to do the repairs. When her friend heard about the eviction, she took her in. That is awesome. Texana is grateful. Understandably, though, she said, “It’s just like living at home, but it’s not my home.”

When I read these stories, it irks me when the writer doesn’t include a number or e-mail so we can help. I e-mailed the author, Josh Katzenstein (jkatzenstein@detnews.com ), at The Detroit News for information on how we can help. I’ll update once I get the information.

I read a lot of the comments all over the web. Of course, there were a lot of political ones. But one blew me away. In a good way:

Daughtry Maher from the University of Memphis:

mrs. texana can come and live with me and be part of our family. I can accommodate her and my two (16 and 27 year old) children would love to have you. I am a disabled RN. I have rheumatoid arthritis.I can watch your health. My son and I will drive up and get you. You name the day and we will gladly offer you a home forever in beautiful, warm Pensacola, Florida. please pray about it. and let me know

Thank you for restoring my faith in humanity. Even if it is for 15 minutes or so.

9 responses to “101 Years Old and Dealing with This?

  • Snoring Dog Studio

    There is goodness in this world. But we all make too much noise about the badness and not enough about the other.

  • Sedate Me

    It’s worth noting that this tragedy is but a drop in the ocean when it comes to Detroit. I’ve heard that there are well over 100,000 homes in Detroit that once housed people, but are now either empty (at least 45,000) or have been torn down altogether with nothing replacing them. http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-08-23/news/30093376_1_squatters-vacant-homes-dwellers

    It’s not just Detroit. This recent 60 Minutes piece claims Cleveland has scheduled 21,000 homes for demolition, most of which are in perfectly good shape, or were when the residents were evicted. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57344513/there-goes-the-neighborhood/

    And that’s just the number of former homes, not the far larger number of the newly minted homeless. While all their stories may not be as touching or sympathetic as this poor lady’s, those numbers contain one hell of a lot of needless misery. There’s lots of people suddenly forced to look for places to live at a time when there’s no shortage of empty places to live. However, the obvious solution is completely invisible to the system. Instead, many of the homes will wind up in landfills while the people scrounge for somebody’s couch to crash on.

    Meanwhile, the financial fuckers responsible for this mess are not only NOT in jail, they got trillions thrown their way so that they can remain in their mansions and corner offices. What do their victims get? Jack fucking squat!

  • Sedate Me

    It’s a lot like Hurricane Katrina, except it’s a man-made douche-bag-made disaster.

    Those worthless financial fraudsters would rather see tens of thousands of perfectly good homes be turned into rubble in every city, and those living in them left homeless, than to reduce or waive the outstanding mortgage on homes that now cost far less than the outstanding mortgage. They insist on making these homes completely un-sellable by keeping the ludicrous mortgage on them in place. They’d rather allow it to be seized and torn down with municipal money.

    The perpetrators of the crime continue to get rewarded while the victims, not only get nothing, they continue to be victimized.

  • breeze

    Of course, reverting the land back to farms does not solve the plight of the homeless, but there is something comforting in that idea.

  • Texana Hollins Got Her House Back!! « Spinny Liberal

    […] I posted about Texana Hollins, a 101-year-old woman who lost her house to foreclosure. HUD told her she could stay as long as she wanted – until it was deemed uninhabitable. Thanks to some amazing people in Detroit who bought and renovated her home, she got the keys to the house she lived in for 60 years. I love endings like these, and it’s great (and healthy) to read and watch good news. Share this:ShareStumbleUponFacebookTwitterEmailRedditDiggLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. This entry was posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2012 at 12:00 AM and tagged with Detroit Woman Evicted, Detroit Woman Gets House Back, Foreclosures, Texana Hollins and posted in Economy. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. « The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Endless Suffrage 2012 […]

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