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‘No pity for the poor’: KPRC 2, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee step in to help elderly, disabled resident being evicted during the heat

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HOUSTON – What turned out to be what some neighbors felt was a case of injustice turned into a community wake up call and people helping people.

Neighbors in the community of Pine Village North were shocked Tuesday morning after witnessing Harris County Precinct 3 constables putting Mrs. Frances Jean Sanders and all of her furniture out on the streets.

Panicked, she began to call others for help and one friend, Mrs. Martha Marie Preston, the co-founder of Elite Ladies of Expression, jumped into action.

Preston contacted KPRC 2 and told us what was happening, and our news crews headed to Sanders’ home.

“They told me to come outside and I did and they did not let me back inside. They told me they had an order to put me out,” Sanders said. “I said ‘Oh Lord’ but I did what they asked me to do.”

Sanders explained that she has been living in her home for more than 40 years, since 1981. She explained that her homeowners and maintenance fees cost $168 per month, but she has not been able to pay them and, more so, doesn’t feel the HOA does anything to deserve her money as she is already on a fixed income.

“What are you going to pay it for? We don’t have annual meetings, monthly meetings,” she said. “How can I pay for something that I am not getting? They have not fixed our streets or anything.”

Authorities said, due to nonpayment of the fees, the house was sold in September for $18,000 and the eviction process was legal.

Authorities said, due to nonpayment of the fees, the house was sold in September for $18,000 and the eviction process was legal.

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Sourabh Verma,From Franklin Tn - Sub-editor in Asian News International(ANI) I am a detailed-driven journalist with 3+ years of experience in news writing and copy-editing, I can file quick, compelling and error-free stories as they break. I have sound knowledge of national and international issues and have covered stories across beats, including politics, parliament, legal and crime like drugs and Human Trafficking at Asian News International (ANI), where I currently work. Some of these include extensive coverage of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, several state Assembly elections, Parliament sessions, COVID-19 pandemic and other stories of national importance. A typical working day involves copy-editing dozens of drafts, managing junior sub-editors in shifts and keeping an eye on developing stories. This added responsibility followed a couple of years of filing stories based on press briefings, bytes and inputs from reporters on the ground.
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