Sick And Disabled Elderly Forced Out Of Apartments Because Of Flooding
(Memphis) A flood has elderly people in one Midtown apartment scrambling to find a place to live without any help from their building’s management.
Most of the people impacted are on a fixed income, and they’re being forced to handle all the expenses of a move they never anticipated.
“We don’t have the finances to move. We don’t have the health to move. That’s the main problem,” said Kathy Moore.
Kathy is fighting stage four cancer and doesn’t know where she’ll call home at the end of the week.
“It’s just devastating. You go to bed at night thinking you have a place to live and that’s exactly what I did. I went to bed because I had chemo and next thing I know I don’t have a place to live,” said Kathy.
When she moves, there’s no one Kathy can turn to for help.
Two weeks ago, fire sprinklers accidentally went off inside St. Peter’s Manor, which is owned by Wesley Housing, along Poplar and Auberndale.
Last week, she and about a dozen other people got more bad news.
They have two choices.
They can move out and come back when the renovation is finished, or they can move into a smaller efficiency unit and never move back into their old apartment.
All of that will come at their own expense without any help from the building.
If Kathy moves into a smaller efficiency unit, she’ll need to sell her mother’s antique furniture.
“It is frustrating. It’s very frustrating,” said Sharon McGhen.
McGhen needs a scooter to get around and worries about moving.
She complains management has no heart.
“Give me more time to move, to back up my things and move. Because I must put my things in storage. I have to pay for it myself,” said McGhen.
Wesley Housing claims the move is permanent because HUD doesn’t allow them to move people back and forth because then they would have to also renovate the efficiency when they move back out.
Management says they will help people move if they don’t have anyone else — all they have to do is ask.
Insurance doesn’t cover the tenants and it’s up to them to get renters insurance, but most of those impacted do not have insurance.
They say they set the quick deadline because the longer the water sits, the more dangerous it is for tenants.