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U.S. Gov’t Reneges on Promise to Allow Texana Hollis, 101-Year-Old Detroit Foreclosure Victim, to Return to her Home

January 23, 2012 by Brett Wilkins in Debt, Rich & Poor, US Government with 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has reneged on a promise to allow a 101-year-old Detroit woman to move back into her foreclosed home of 58 years after deeming the building to be unsafe for habitation.

The Associated Press reports that 101-year-old Texana Hollis was evicted from her Detroit home of 60 years last September after her 65-year-old son failed to keep up with property taxes linked to a reverse mortgage. HUD booted Hollis, who is confined to a wheelchair and suffers from high blood pressure, out into the street, her worldly possessions in tow. Two days later, the government agency said Hollis could return to her home, but HUD has now reneged on that promise because an inspector determined that the house “was completely unsuitable for a person to live in.”

“We can’t allow someone to live in that [atmosphere] now that we are essentially the owners of the property,” HUD spokesman Brian Sullivan told the Detroit News. “The home isn’t safe; it’s not sanitary. It’s certainly not suitable for anyone to live in, especially not a 101-year-old mother.”

“Here I am, 100 years old, and don’t have a home,” Hollis lamented. “Oh Lord, help me.”

The “Lord’s” help may not be forthcoming, but the kindness of a friend has saved Hollis. Pollian Cheeks, a 68-year-old who Hollis once taught in Sunday School, offered the centenarian a room in her home which is located less than a mile from her old house. Hollis accepted the invitation and now lives with her old friend.

“Polly’s just as nice to me as anybody could be. She goes out of her way to help me,” Hollis told the AP. “It’s just like living at home, but it’s not my home.”

Brian Sullivan told the AP that HUD is still trying to find a way to get Hollis back in her own home.

“We’re not giving up,” he insisted. “We’re talking with anybody and everybody about solutions to this situation, but the condition of the property is a challenge.”

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