Evicted 101-year-old Detroiter gets her home back

Published April 4, 2012 7:36PM (EDT)

DETROIT (AP) — A 101-year-old Detroit woman who was evicted from her foreclosed house seven months ago has it back again.

Texana Hollis returned Wednesday to the home she had lived in for 60 years.

She had been evicted in September and her belongings placed outside after her son failed to pay property taxes linked to a reverse mortgage and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development foreclosed.

Two days later, the department said she could return. But that didn't happen because HUD determined the home was unsanitary and unsafe.

So Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom and his charity, S.A.Y. Detroit, helped renovate Hollis' house. The author's charity bought it from HUD.

Albom pushed Hollis in her wheelchair up the ramp and through the front door Wednesday as she cried happily.

By Salon Staff

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