Evicted senior citizens get extension after 5-day notice

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Residents of a senior living facility are forced to move out due to Harvey damage. (KTRK)

The Houston Housing Authority is giving residents of a senior living facility damaged in Hurricane Harvey more time to evacuate.

On Sept. 18, HHA issued a five-day notice for all residents to vacate the premises, but the agency now says it will continue to work with residents beyond the five-day period to find new housing options.

The eviction impacts approximately 200 residents, and authorities say they have already identified 230 comparable units with a similar rent structure.

William Atkins, 73, is legally blind and has lived at 2100 Memorial for the last 10 years. He considers himself one of the lucky ones because he has family helping him move out.

"It's just another adventure in my life," Atkins said. "You've got to accept things and move on."

HHA president Tory Gunsolley along with the rest of the board met with residents Thursday afternoon to explain why residents must leave.

"This is a very dangerous situation," Gunsolley said. "The electrical system is going to fail. It's not a matter of if but when."

Gunsolley said when the system fails, there is a fire risk associated with it.

Atkins said he understands why residents must leave.

"It's been a little hectic, but I'm fortunate because I can go to my daughter's until I can find me another apartment," Atkins said.

HHA pledged to either repair or rebuild the property, squashing rumors that it could be sold and rebuilt as a luxury condo building.

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