Akron seniors must wait three to five more weeks to return to apartments damaged by flooding

Donations being accepted to help seniors

AKRON, Ohio - Two weeks after flooding invaded her apartment, Margaret Hoff still can't go home.

On Thursday, Hoff sat outside the Villa at Marian Park in South Akron and explained why tears were welling up in her eyes.

"I guess because I've never been homeless," Hoff said.

It has been especially difficult for the 78-year-old resident because she has one lung and lives with a rare medical condition, aspergillus mold, which means she has a fungus in her lung. Living in unsanitary conditions can complicate her breathing.

"The mold has to be gone because I cannot tolerate it," she said.

Humility of Mary Housing, a non-profit organization, operates the complex and placed 10 seniors in a motel for two weeks. But the property manager Anna Eby said another problem surfaced.

"Through an emergency fund we had, we have currently run out of money at this point," Eby said.

Eby explained that eight of the seniors moved in with relatives, while Hoff and another elderly lady were temporarily placed in a vacant apartment at Saint Martha Manor in Akron.

"They've lost their homes and we're doing everything in our power to get them back in their homes," she said.

However, that could take an additional three to five weeks.

The damage caused after 3 to 4 feet of water seeped into the first floor of the complex is estimated between $200,000 and $300,000.

New insulation, carpeting, dry wall and paint is needed in nearly every room.

"We have a lot of work ahead, but they said they'd work 24-7," Eby said.

Hoff said she's grateful for the management team for placing her in another apartment at no additional cost. Her pantry was also stocked with food.

"It means a lot," Hoff said.

Humility of Mary Housing is accepting donations to help seniors in need due to the flooding.

Donations can be sent to 3250 W. Market Street, Suite 204 Akron, OH, 44333.

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