Sunday, January 19, 2020
Miss Edna is About to Lose Her Home -- a tax sale tragedy in Wicomico County
Is it possible to buy a home for $268.13 and legally kick out a 74-year old woman from the home she has lived in for the last 26 years and who has nearly paid off the mortgage? Apparently yes, it’s not only legal, but it is happening right here in Wicomico County. The staff in our office at Habitat for Humanity are sick about this situation but the fact is there are few resources to help older adults once they have become behind in their property taxes.
Keeping older adults safe in their homes should be a priority for the counties, cities, and municipalities. Can Wicomico County and Salisbury afford to deal with the alternative? Are the homeless shelters equipped for a senior tsunami? I don’t think so. We need more than a conversation about this.
Here is Miss Edna’s story. She gave me permission to share her experiences because she hopes the public can somehow help her and others in this unfortunate situation.
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