101-Year-Old Detroit Woman Evicted In Foreclosure

UPDATE 9/15: HUD said they will pay the taxes and let the super-senior return to the home.

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A 101-year-old woman was evicted from the southwest Detroit home where she lived for nearly six decades after her 65-year-old son failed to pay the mortgage.

Texana Hollis was evicted Monday and her belongings placed outside the home. Hollis’ son Warren told local media he didn’t pay the taxes for several years and he had received several eviction notices earlier, but didn’t tell his mother about them.

Hollis has lived at the home for 58 years. Her son lived with her.

Wayne County Chief Deputy Treasurer David Szymanski told The Associated Press that the Hollises took out an adjustable-rate mortgage in 2002. A default and foreclosure notice was filed in November.

“They ended up owing $80,000 on the home,” Szymanski said. “Warren indicates he did not make the payments. He got the notices, but threw them away.”

County records show that property taxes were paid on the home through summer 2010. A winter tax bill of $55.95, including interest and fees, was unpaid, and a $778.44 summer tax bill was due this month.

A neighbor is letting them live in a rental house, and her belongings were being moved there. Others are working to get Hollis back into her home.

On Monday night, she was taken to a hospital for evaluation after she became disoriented.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  1. John Moser says:

    This is Detroit, right? Why doesn’t someone buy her house for a dollar and just give it back?

  2. AtlasObjectivist says:

    Detroit – a nice example of union and democratic control for over 40 years… a vast waste land.

  3. What About Bob says:

    58 years in the house and they are still trying to pay it off.

    The reporter should do their job and investigate a little more.

    1. Spanky says:

      The house was paid off, then in 2002 they took out an adjustable rate mortgage. Probably to pay for junior’s crack habit.

  4. Jason Budd says:

    More proof that there is no such thing as property “ownership” in the US. The government owns all property. Fail to pay rent (“property tax”) to the true owner (the government) , and the government evicts you.

  5. Judej says:

    Detroit – foreclosure. Are you kidding me – the entire place is a waste land. Corrupt politicians, including MAYOR and Rep Conyers wife on city council. Thousands of homes are boarded up .

    Good move police /bank now gangs can break in and destroy the house. In OHIO – POLICE (sheriff) would NOT throw people out on street. What in God’s name is wrong with people. HELLO we are (country) in a financial free for all due to the Greatest Heist (Wall Street – Washington – Banksters) in history.

    Clinton signed LAW repealing Glass Stegall put in place by FDR to protect citizens from such as this. This gave investment agencies such as Goldman Sachs, Citigroup etc a DECADE to bundle and sell toxic assets they knew were corrupt. Rating agencies, AIG insurance, SEC, investment agencies, banks were ALL in this together. HELLO – Main Street – thus the reason banks will NOT loan money for businesses, companies closed, millions unemployed, WAS BILLED for the gambling of these high rollers who made a fortune (still are) for the past decade.

    SECRETLY our FED paid European banks trillions due to TRY and pay off LYING scams with countries/ banks. Not only sub prime mortgages, but conventional mortgages (do you know WHO holds the deed to your mortgage?) are bundled with these toxic assets. Millions of unemployed (middle class) are now living in TENTS. This is what has become of our once great nation. The banks – politicians – Wall Street (Nobody in jail!!) have made a fortune.

    They, and hedge fund managers, are back on easy street with their obscene salaries/ and bonuses. A 101 yr old woman and one home worth what? A person’s life? Meantime – President Obama’s AUNT mentioned in his book DREAMS is living off taxpayers!! She’s not out on the street! She was ordered back TWICE (came here as visitor in 2000) to Kenya. She paid NO attention. She was (IMAGINE) given a SS # – an apt in public handicapped (newly renovated) building, STIPEND, medical – food stamps and a FREE operation on HER back.

    This is how we treat a ‘special’ exception –the President is now a multi-millionaire and we’re footing the bill for his AUNT . Her son is also here attending Boston College. Who’s paying for that? Meantime the President shrugs says he ‘knows nothing’. RIGHT.

    This makes me ill —-what with an American 101 thrown in the gutter and (numerous homeless I dealt with as a homeless director) VETERANS living under bridges, in abandoned tenements/ NO special housing for them.

    It makes me ILL that people see NOTHING wrong with trillions paid to cover corruption of BANKERS and yet act holier than thou about a woman not far from death’s door at 101. This country and what it’s become (mean spirited – arrogant – ignorant – unread ) sickens me. JM

  6. Snidley Whiplash says:

    …wow….

  7. TJP says:

    The problem was obviously her son, not the government:

    Hollis’ son Warren told WXYZ-TV he didn’t pay the taxes for several years and he had received several eviction notices earlier, but didn’t tell his mother about them.

    She should have been evicted a long time ago, probably.

  8. Montford John Greenwood says:

    Pay the king(s) his/their duty or you may not stay on their lands. It’s YOUR land? Look at your land being taken for not paying the kings taxes.

  9. GrubStreetNM says:

    Somebody in the HUD office probably plans to buy the place for $1. This story makes me sick.

  10. ghgh says:

    As if somebody’s just champing at the bit to move in.

  11. elkman says:

    this says a lot about us as a nation, ppl in the neiborhood, should have helped out, 101 yr old lady is the reason this country is here, i would have just told the landlord, no, if i were a judge.. her son might be sick as well, i know the law is on the owners side, ,but somehow, i dont’ think God is!!!!

    1. Spanky says:

      I’m delighted that you have offered to pay her back taxes! That’s wonderful of you!

  12. Makemyday says:

    Wow….With a “son” like that who needs any enemies??? The SOB (son) should be prosecuted and thrown in jail…. His mother is entitled to live in a “Medicare Home”!!!

  13. Mary Wright says:

    Wow, Too bad the whole half billion Obama had to spread around his folks went to the Solyandra bankrupt green venture fundraising buddy’s place in California. Think how many defaults could have been cured for people. You ain’t seen nothing yet as far as homelessness is concerned we are just at the tip of the iceberg. Gonna see lots of people living in their cars if they have them, in empty lots and tent cities. The bulk of mortgages haven’t yet been foreclosed on. The officers who are asked to do the nasty work in these cases should simply refuse on moral grounds.Their unions will back them up, right?

  14. Mary Wright says:

    Wow, Too bad the whole half billion Obama had to spread around his folks went to the Solyandra bankrupt green venture fund raising buddy’s place in California. Think how many defaults could have been cured for people. You ain’t seen nothing yet as far as homelessness is concerned we are just at the tip of the iceberg. Gonna see lots of people living in their cars if they have them, in empty lots and tent cities. The bulk of mortgages haven’t yet been foreclosed on. The officers who are asked to do the nasty work in these cases should simply refuse on moral grounds.Their unions will back them up, right?

  15. Mary Wright says:

    Wow. Are they censoring again?

    1. Spanky says:

      I see two identical posts of yours earlier in the thread, both starting: “Wow, Too bad the whole half billion Obama”.

      Do you have other posts that don’t appear?

  16. charlois says:

    What is the name of this Scrooge Banhk =???

  17. Don August says:

    According to one of the replies in this thread, it was HUD that forclosed upon the property because of some problem(s) with their reverse mortgage. It apears that it was cpmpounded by the son’s failure to pay the property taxes, too. In any event, why not simply have HUD and the taxing authority each file a lien against the property. Let the son and mother live there, but the property MUST be sold when the mother eventually dies, then the liens will can satisfied. Yeah, HUD and the taxing authority will have to wait a while, but how much longer will the mother be around anway?

  18. Bamasux says:

    Can’t you smell that Hope and Chnage? I smell something and it’s not hope or change, but something akin to leavings?

  19. Mr. Thomas Anthony Jones, Sr. says:

    Their is never ever any excuse for a 101 woman to thrown out of her home. The is is why this country is going to hell. It shoukld be agIainst the law for people to everlose their homes. People need to rise up and stop these foreclosures!! !No more forecklosures ever!!!!!

    1. Spanky says:

      Thank you very much Mr. Jones for volunteering to pay the taxes and mortgage for anyone who doesn’t pay them!

      I am VERY impressed by your generosity.

  20. whatsnew says:

    Why are people surprised? Her sons did trickery with money and did not tell her important info. because that is the way she raised them. The gov. does not care about age. In this life, if you mistreat people it will return to you if you are not truly sorry for the harm you have caused.

    We all know how blacks are toward each other any damn way

    1. Spanky says:

      “because that is the way she raised them.”

      How do you know that?

      Sometimes our offspring go awry, regardless of how well we raise them. People need to be responsible for their choices and not blame everything on their parents.

      Too, there may be mitigating factors here. Maybe the son has fallen on hard times, become addicted to drugs, etc.. There is no way a parent should be blamed for bad behavior of a 65-year-old who has had a lifetime to choose to do things the right way.

      If the son was a teenager or even in his 20s, I wouldn’t say that. He’s had plenty of time to choose to become a decent human being – or not.

  21. grasshopper junction says:

    I am very acquainted with the law(having graduated from St Johns law school) but made the decision not to practice alongside of the multitude of morally corrupt vermin like the ones in this article who would throw a 101 year old woman on the street because they did not get their tribute money from her taxes.
    YOU search the internet for the meaning of excluded income and instead have people look up the meaning of the word travesty and greed to the extent that the powers that be can skin a person alive if that person is late or delinquent with a tax payment.
    What you can look up is the provision in the CONSTITUTION that prohibits any form of debtors prison; and being thrown out on the street from ones home after living there for over five decades is tantamount to a death sentence for a 101 year old woman, and that in of itself is a form of debtors prison.

    Here Trevor are the spelling corrections, I make these corrections for all of you anal retentive spell checkers out there.; I’ve always been a poor speller I’ve never disputed that fact; I wrote this comment in a hurry without checking it for errors, but then I guess that perfect people like yourself never misspell.
    By the way most attorneys never actually write a finished brief, they are usually finished by legal secrataries.
    But the sorry fact is that liberals like yourself are quick to find fault with the mechanics of what is written and pay little attention to the content.

    1. SpallingNodsy says:

      It’s “secretaries,” not “secrataries.”

      You’re welcome.

  22. ghost writer says:

    all then things the neighbors said that happened none of them went outside to help this woman an let her sit out there for 12hrs. they all claimed out rage but still let her sit out there u mean to tell me no one saw her sitting out there?
    an the people that moved her out of the house has lost there humanity to do something like that to an elderly person.

    1. Spanky says:

      I think it’s fabulous, ghost writer, that you have offered to take care of all needy people you ever see.

  23. Sick of all the handouts says:

    Her son stopped making payments because he realized that the home was no longer worth the money they borrowed. That money should now be considered income to them and they should be taxed like the rest of the population. Yeah, it sad that a 101 year old lady is evicted but seriously, that house was paid for a long time ago and the only one that is to blame is her son. So her son should be responsible for getting her out of the mess he created. Otherwise, I think that everyone should stop paying their mortgages and taxes and let’s all cry to Obama and HUD to help us out. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

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