“HUD Secretary Donovan forces 101 Year Old Detroit mother into homelessness, SHAME on you.”
by Ken Smith
HUD now says a 101-year-old Detroit woman it promised could move back into her foreclosed home four months ago can’t return to her home because the building’s unsanitary and unsafe.
101 Year Old Texana Hollis was evicted Sept. 12 and her belongings placed outside on the street after her 65-year-old son failed to pay property taxes linked to a reverse mortgage, The Detroit News reported Sunday. Two days later, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said she could return.
But today, HUD said it won’t let Texana Hollis move back into her house because of the condition. She had lived at this house for the last 60 years.
“Here I am, 100 years old, and don’t have a home,” Hollis said . “Oh Lord, please, somebody help me.”
Housing Department spokesman Brian Sullivan told The Detroit News that an inspection determined 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,” Sullivan said. “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.”
“We’re not giving up,” Sullivan said. “We’re talking with anybody and everybody about solutions to this situation, but the condition of the property is a challenge.”
After hearing about her friend’s eviction, Pollian Cheeks, 68, offered Hollis a room at her home within a mile of Hollis’ house.
Hollis, who once taught Cheeks in Sunday school at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church, agreed to the invitation and has been staying at Cheeks’ house in the meantime.
“Polly’s just as nice to me as anybody could be. She goes out of her way to help me,” Hollis said, holding back tears. “It’s just like living at home, but it’s not my home.”
Now, Shame again on you Shawn Donovan. Where is your compassion this winter? If you do this to a 100 year old mother, how can you sleep at night?