Evicted centenarian who got home back in 2012 dies


DETROIT (AP) -- Texana Hollis, a Detroit centenarian who got her home back in 2012 after being evicted because of foreclosure, has died. She was 103.

James H. Cole Home for Funerals says Hollis died Dec. 31.

Hollis was evicted in September 2011 after her son failed to pay property taxes linked to a reverse mortgage. Two days later, a federal agency said the 101-year-old could return but then blocked her from moving in after an assessment determined the house was unsanitary and unsafe.

Hollis' eviction drew wide attention. Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom and his charity stepped in, and persuaded volunteers and businesses to do the same. They fixed up the home where she'd spent six decades of her life and in April 2012 she moved back in.

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