Today, the home of 101-year-old Detroit resident Texana Hollis was returned to her, and will be in better shape than ever after a home makeover from Mitch Albom and Say Detroit. Hollis was moved to tears during the ceremony, proclaiming that this was the “happiest day of her life.”
Last fall, Hollis was evicted from the home she had lived in for over 60 years. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development foreclosed on the home after her son failed to pay property taxes on a reverse mortgage. Two days after her belongings were placed outside, she was told she could return, only to have the decision later reversed because the house was deemed “completely unsuitable for a person to live in.”
Volunteers will completely refurbish the home: kitchen, bathroom, floors, tiling, and even a wheelchair accessible ramp for the front porch. Mitch will provide the materials, while Say Detroit will provide the labor and volunteers.
If you would like to contribute to the efforts to rebuild Hollis’ home or support her further care, you can do so through SAYDETROIT.org or by sending a check to:
150 Stimson St, Suite 101
Detroit, MI 48201