90-Year-Old WWII Veteran Who Was Evicted in July Buys House Back With Community’s Help

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In July, 90-year-old World War II veteran Johnnie Hodges, Sr., was forcibly removed from his Buffalo, New York home where he lived for more that 60 years, after falling behind on his mortgage payments.

Hodges became delinquent on payments while caring for his wife, Flora, who was failing with Alzheimer’s disease, WKBW reports. She died in 2014 and Hodges was unable to reach a repayment agreement with the bank. So after a two-hour-standoff with police, who didn’t want to handcuff Hodges, he was taken by stretcher from his home.

On Friday, with the help of thousands of donations to a GoFundMe account, Hodges was able to buy his house back.

“Yeah, I’m glad to be home. There’s no place like home,” Hodges told WKBW.

Robin Hodges told WKBW that her father insisted on caring for his wife of 67 years by himself. M&T bank tried to work out possible payment plans, including stretching the eviction out for five years before they claimed they were left with no choice. Robin says that her father hid his financial stress from the family because he didn’t want to burden them.

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SOURCE: The Root, Stephen A. Crockett Jr.

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