Elderly woman gets home back after being evicted for failure to pay taxes

POSTED: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 11:30am

UPDATED: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 11:34am

The author of the best sellers "Tuesdays With Morrie" and "The Five People You Meet In Heaven" is helping a 101 year old Detroit woman get back something he believes should have never been taken from her in the first place.

Her home.

Texana Hollis lived in the home for more than 60 years.

Her husband Ira worked two jobs to pay for this house, but when her family didn't make sure that her taxes were paid she was evicted.

Mitch Albom paid $100 for the home.

"I bought the house and we're fixing it up. And we're going to give it right back to her, which it should have been in the first place," he said. "It never should have been taken away from her."

His charity is paying $20,000 for the materials to renovate it.

The labor is being donated.

Construction started last week.

They've added a ramp outside and are gutting the inside to make it livable again.

"We're going to have it finished in about 10 days. You know two weeks at the tops. She'll be in before Easter. She'll certainly be in before her 102 birthday," Albom promised.

May 1st is when Texana turns 102.

She's anxious to move back and enjoy one room in particular.

"My kitchen, my mother had me cooking when I was 10 years old and I loved it," she said.

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