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Bankruptcy forces senior citizens to move


By Ryan Houston - bio | email

Cuthbert,  GA (WALB) -  The Southwest Georgia Housing Development is a nonprofit corporation. And because of the economy, they have had to declare Chapter 7 Bankruptcy on two properties they own.

Willows assisted living Center will close, and 14 senior citizens have to find a new place to live. Only 14 of the 42 beds were actually being used. And in the current economic climate, closing down was the only option.

That has some of the residents pretty upset. Donald Harrison and his wife have lived in the Willows for three years. "We had to come here, because my wife and I both became disabled," said Resident Donald Harrison. 

But that's about to change. "It has been handled absolutely terrible," said Patricia Walker. Her mom Doris McLeod is one of 13 other residents that got the letter.

Southwest Georgia Housing Development says they exhausted every effort. They even thought about filing Chapter 11 and trying to reorganize.

"They didn't give us any help. And they didn't give us any guidance on where to go. They just said here's your notice," said Harrison. 

"They gave them no notice and didn't make any arrangements to move them. And they don't know where they're going," said Walker. 

Trustee Walter Kelley says that's not true. The letter goes on to say; The Hospital Authority is already working diligently to find a suitable placements for all residents. "It kind of shook me for a little while. You have to take the bitter with the sweet. And this is very bitter," said Harrison. 

"Some of the residents, are walking around saying 'What do I do'? And nobody knows," said Walker. With all his ailments, this sudden move has really affected him

"Here I am at a place, I thought I would be for the rest of my life. But then they come and say I have to move out," said Harrison. 

"I'm just very disappointed that this could happen. I don't see why they're not open to a lawsuit. And maybe they are," said Walker.

Right now the residents are focused on packing up, and finding a new place to live.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee Walter Kelley says he doesn't plan to put anybody out on the street. Mr. Mattox believes the best situation is that someone will come and buy the property.

Walter Mattox filed Chapter 7 on Willow's and the Millennium Center in Cuthbert, Georgia.

But Volunteers of America is working with the state of Georgia to take over the Millennium Center property. The drug rehabilitation program will not close.

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