The bank's moving men were ready and sheriff's deputies were on hand to serve the eviction papers and keep things under control in case whomever they were about to kick out got violent. But when they opened the door and found out they were about to evict a 103-year-old, bed-ridden woman and her 83-year-old daughter, the men just could not do what they came to do.
"I just know God says that when things go wrong, He'll make it right," said Vita Lee, who will turn 104 in three weeks, reported WSB-TV. She has lived in her Atlanta, Ga., home for nearly half her life.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the attempted eviction is the result of a legal battle with Deutche Bank that commenced in 2009 over a second mortgage that was taken out by another family member.
When the moving men and sheriff's deputies arrived to evict Lee and her daughter, she told WSB-TV that she was not afraid.
"No, I knew that they know what they were doing. God don't let them do wrong," she said. "You know, the Bible says 'once a man and twice a child.' I'm a child. I'm 104 years old. They're going to put me out the door at 104?"
However, Lee's daughter was not so calm, as fear of a possible eviction stressed her out so much that she had to be rushed to the hospital.
Although Lee and her daughter are able to stay in their home for now, foreclosure rates in Georgia are some of the highest in the nation. According to CNBC, Georgia ranks fourth in the nation with 1 out of every 355 homes facing foreclosure.
The number of elderly among the homeless population is substantial. In 2008, The National Coalition for the Homeless revealed that 30.6 percent of people who stayed in emergency shelters for more than 180 days were 51 and older.
In some cities, such as New York, the elderly and disabled have special protections in place to protect them from immediate evictions, according to NYC.gov.