Resident in need of help

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 12, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &8212; A Demopolis resident has been unable to get help in relocating due to her handicap condition.

Mamie Allen lives on the south side of the city Demopolis. She is confined a wheelchair. Her legs have been amputated from the knee down. She has two bad kidneys, has had three heart attacks,

a stroke and is paralyzed from her waist down. She receives dialysis treatment three times a week.

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Currently she has no running water in her home.

That was five months ago according to Allen. She and her common-law husband have not been able to properly care for themselves as well as the home. The residence is infested with roaches and ants.

According to the owner of the dwelling, Lillie Hyman, who lives in Michigan, the home has been exterminated three times in the last 10 months.

The home is not wheelchair assessable. The doorways are too narrow for Allen get from room to room with her motorized chair.

Allen has made attempts to get some help to relocate because her lease terminates at the end of this month. She thought she would be able to secure a place by the end of the month.

Also residing in the home is her common-law husband, Leroy Townsend, who has had is voice box removed due to cancer, and a 17-year old grandson.

The Times was informed this week by Robert Hymon of Chicago, Ill, a concerned relative of Allen who after a visit didn&8217;t think that she and Townsend was able to take care of themselves.

Allen needs some kind of aid to get her water turned back on. She also need help to find a home that is conducive to her condition.

Hyman, the owner of the property has offered to extend the lease to give Allen time to secure a resident that will fit her needs.