‘It’s a death sentence': Facing eviction, 97-year-old woman may wind up on streets

February 24, 2016
Washington Post

For 66 years, Marie Hatch has occupied the same two-bedroom home in the city of Burlingame, a high-priced San Francisco suburb.

The retired bakery worker thought she would live out her days in her ornately furnished cottage, where’s she’s amassed a lifetime’s worth of memories.

But earlier this month, the 97-year-old, who is battling cancer, received an eviction notice, her friends say.

Her landlord gave Hatch 60 days to vacate the home or be thrown out by sheriff’s deputies.

Neither Hatch nor 85-year-old Georgia Rothrock, her roommate of more than three decades, has any relatives to stay with. Surrounded by the most expensive real estate market in the country, both women fear they’ll wind up homeless, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

In Hatch’s weakened state, friends and relatives say, her impending eviction is not just an order to vacate the property — it’s a death sentence.

“They’re trying to take away everything from me here,” Hatch told the Chronicle. “Gee whiz, I don’t know what I’ll do if I have to leave.”

“I have a lot of tears, a lot of happiness, a lot of memories in this house,” she added. “It is my home. Where can I go?”

In San Mateo County — where the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom unit is a whopping $3,222 — there’s no easy answer... (To read the entire article, please click HERE)