Deadline Approaching For Evicted Ocotillo Apartment Tenants 12/5/12
CBS 7 News
December 5, 2012
MIDLAND- The clock is ticking for tenants at the Ocotillo Apartment Complex who were evicted last month.
Some residents beat the clock, but many are still without a home as the deadline quickly approaches this Friday.
Former resident, Sandra Forward, said she was one of the lucky ones to find a new place to live.
“My faith never wavered because I always knew that God was in it and He’d take care of it,” said Forward.
Forward, who is legally blind, took on another challenge when she and residents at the Ocotillo received an eviction notice about a month ago.
The company that owns the complex, Main Street Santa Ana, struck a deal with an oilfield business, which led the company to end all rental agreements.
“There’s people there with children, and right at the holidays,” said Forward. “I just think it’s heartless.”
Former resident, Norma Villa, was excited for the holiday season with her kids, but instead of wrapping gifts she said she’s packing boxes.
“We’re just upset and disappointed,” said Villa. “We had no where to go and finally we were contacted.”
Forward said she believes there are 15 residents still living at the Ocotillo apartments, and by this Friday, these residents will not have a place to live.
As of today, five tenants, including Forward and Villa, are being assisted by Helping Hands in Midland.
Helping Hands Executive Director Mary Hardin said the group helped pay for one month’s rent for the five residents who called.
Three residents were unable to find affordable housing in Midland, which forced them to move to Lamesa.
Forward, who has been confident in her faith said she called Santa Rita Senior Village Apartment first, and took the last apartment.
“It was the last one! Who was that,” said Forward. “Nobody, but God!”