On Monday, Texana Hollis was evicted from her home in southwest Detroit where she had lived for sixty years because her son failed to pay the mortgage (he apparently took out a reverse mortgage to pay for repairs for the house; the money was not so used). Court officers came to her house, removed her and left her sitting outside on the sidewalk next to her furniture and world
Fortunately for Ms. Hollis, the government — yes, the evil Freedom-sucking government — took pity on her and decided to help. A Department of House and Urban Development spokesperson announced yesterday that it would pay the property taxes and allow Ms. Hollis to return to her home:
Texana Hollis was evicted Monday and her belongings were placed outside the home where she had lived for nearly six decades. Her son Warren Hollis said he didn’t pay the bill for several years and disregarded eviction notices.
“I screwed it up good,” he told the Detroit Free Press.
HUD foreclosed on the property after Warren Hollis failed to pay property taxes to maintain a reverse mortgage taken out in 2002.
HUD spokesman Brian Sullivan told The Detroit News on Wednesday that the department would pay the taxes, remove the padlocks from the doors and let Texana Hollis return to the home.
“We were absolutely thunderstruck when we understood that a 101-year-old woman was put out of her home,” Sullivan told the Free Press.
Sullivan said the department has told family members that Hollis can return to the house as soon as she is released from Henry Ford Hospital, where she was taken after the eviction.
Warren Hollis said he and his mother were “overjoyed” at the word from HUD.
Sometimes, you screw up. Sometimes you rely on a family member to get by, and they screw up. Sometimes they take a mortgage out on your house and then use the money for Blog-knows-what. (I used to do mortgage foreclosure litigation, and this happens far more frequently than you can imagine, and the victims are often seniors.)
I’d like to think that we are a nation that overwhelmingly favors cutting a woman — a woman who has lived for over a century! — a break. Yet, as I write this, I’m already hearing the howling from the Teabilly contingent: “Tough luck! Why should I have to pay for her property taxes! Liberty!” These are folks who cheered for the death of a 30 year-old uninsured sick man. Surely these folks don’t care about a little old lady in Detroit.
We’re becoming a nation of savages.
(I hate to leave you on a sour note. You’re welcome.)[cross-posted at ABLC]