Sunday, September 25, 2011

Lamenting Booting Of 101 Year Old Homeowner, HUD Backpeddles, Says She Can Come Back To Her Home Of 50+ Years & Stay As Long As She Wants

In Detroit, Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reports:

  • A 101-year-old Detroit woman evicted from her home earlier this week says she's grateful for the outpouring of support. Texana Hollis was staying with a longtime friend on Detroit's west side Friday, looking forward to going home sometime in the next few days.


  • Hollis found out she was being evicted when officers from Detroit's 36th District Court showed up with disposal trailers Monday morning. She ended up at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit after those around her realized her medication was buried in the trailer among the family's belongings. She went to Cheeks' home after she was released Thursday night and will stay there until her house is put back in order.

  • Warren Hollis, 64, said he had his mother sign a reverse mortgage in 2002, and he used the $32,000 they received to fix the roof and pay other bills. But he failed to continue paying the property taxes and insurance, a requirement for reverse mortgages to avoid going in arrears.

  • The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department took over the mortgage in 2007 from Financial Freedom Senior Funding, a subsidiary of Lehman Brothers Bank, according to HUD spokesman Brian Sullivan and court records. HUD has made $6,964.60 in tax payments on the Hollises' behalf since then.

  • But Warren Hollis and brother Ira Hollis Jr., 69, did not follow through with repayment arrangements they made with HUD, Sullivan said this week. And they ignored 36th District Court officers' warnings since May that they were about to be evicted, according to Chief Judge Marylin Atkins.

  • After Texana Hollis' situation became national news and went viral on the Internet, HUD announced late Wednesday the agency would allow her to return to the home for as long as she wants.

  • "Truth be told, this foreclosure action shouldn't have been brought forward in the first place," Sullivan said Thursday. Sullivan said HUD officials mistakenly thought Hollis' home was a tax foreclosure before they reviewed the case.


  • While Hollis is staying with [a long-time frien and neighbor], a grassroots group called It Takes A Village Y'All and family friend Laurie Ridgell will fix up the home Hollis lived in for more than 50 years.

For the story, see Evicted 101-year-old grateful for support, ready to return home.

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