Evicted 101-Year-Old Woman Back Home At Last

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A 101-year-old Detroit woman, who was tossed out of her foreclosed home last Fall, has the keys back in-hand.

Texana Hollis, who was evicted seven months ago, returned Wednesday to the home she had lived in for 60 years.

Hollis lost her house 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.

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

hollis and friend Evicted 101 Year Old Woman Back Home At Last

Texana Hollis. left, seated next to her good friend, aged 98. (WWJ Photo/Pat Sweeting)

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Pat Sweeting reported the tears began welling up in Hollis’ eyes the moment as soon as her wheelchair crossed the threshold.

With a crowd of reporters, photographers, friends and family standing by, she thanked God and everyone who had helped her find her way back home.

One of the first things Hollis wants to do, once her leg is better:  bake cookies.

“I’ve been cooking ever since I was 10-year-old. My mother would stand me on a box, so I’d be tall enough to be up to the kitchen,” said Hollis. “She’d put the stuff on the table and say, ‘You better not mess it up. Because, if you do, you’re gonna eat it up!”

Until she’s better able to get around on her own, Hollis will spend most of her time with friends who took her in after she was evicted.

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  • Sally

    I think the statement that she will spend time with friends who took her in “until she’s better able to get around on her own” shows that she is unable to live alone and should be in a senior living facility. Sell the home to someone who will be able to live there and maintain it. And don’t put the deed in her name or her son will do the same thing again.

  • Ton

    Sally- How rude! Have you ever had to put a loved one into a nursing home? Most go down hill afterwards. My sister and her ex did that and within a weeks time his dad was loosing weight and not doing good. They pulled him out and she took care of until he passed from alzheimer’s. How would you like someone to do it to you? I understand sometimes there is no choice but most of the time there is and people just don’t want to be bothered. I agree with the part about her son. Rather than put there, perhaps a friend could live with her at her house. Mitch Albom and his charities are angels! The elderly in this country are treated horribly. Reading this made my eyes well up because it was such a selfless act. Especially given her age a lot of people wouldn’t see the point. God bless them all. God bless her and may she enjoy the time she has left on this earth in her new home.

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