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Brooklyn woman with Alzheimer’s evicted from apartment by city

Posted at 7:35 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 14:16:55-05

BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn — A 75-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s said she's being evicted from her public housing home.

Doret Preston lives at the Langston Hughes Houses in Brownsville. She'd been caring for her 91-year-old mother, whose name was on the lease. Preston's mother died suddenly before she could add her daughter's name to the lease. Now she's praying to God and reaching out to PIX11 and the Legal Aid Society for help.

"I need my apartment," she said.

Alejandra Lopez from the the Legal Aid Society said similar things happen all the time. Lopez said the legal fight has been an uphill battle. The case has been in court for over a year now.

"This is not a battle NYCHA should be facing," Lopez said.

In addition to worrying about her living conditions, Preston is also worried about her own health. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and is worried she'll end up on the street.

Preston still has hope.

"I feel like something good is going to happen," she said.

If you're in a situation similar to Preston's, the Legal Aid Society has advice:

  • If you get a marshal’s notice of eviction, go immediately to the housing court in your borough to file papers to stop the eviction
  • Call 311 if you are not sure where the housing courthouse in your borough is located
  • If you have a housing court case against you, go to the HRA office located in the courthouse to ask about free legal services or rental assistance

Additional resources can be found here.