• 103-year-old gets to stay in home after Ch. 2 story airs over possible eviction

    By: Ryan Young


    ATLANTA,None - A 103-year-old woman and her 83-year-old daughter will stay in their home after community activists alerted Channel 2 Action News of a possible eviction.

    Vinia Hall, 103, was almost forced out of her home Tuesday, but sheriff's deputies and the moving company hired to clean out the home refused to move the women.

    Viewers have been expressing their outrage after first hearing the story by Channel 2's Ryan Young.

    Wednesday, that outrage turned to joy when Young broke the news to Hall that she was not going to be evicted.

    "That's a blessing. God says he don't fawn over what you can't take... I never believe I was gone," Hall said.

    Chase Bank, which services the loan on Hall's house on Penelope Road that's owned by Deutsche Bank now said it has no plans to evict Hall or her daughter from their home of more than 50 years.

    "I won't want a mansion. I love this place," Hall said.


    Sen. Vincent Fort said he was thrilled by the news but is remaining cautiously optimistic.

    "I'm glad to hear and read the statement from Chase, until the deal is done..." Fort said.

    Fort, community activist Derrick Bozeman and Mayor Kasim Reed's office have all been talking with the banks.

    "We will work out a resolution to keep them in the home," Tom Kelly from Chase Bank said.

    "Mayor Reed is certainly concerned about the welfare of Ms. Elvinia Hall. In fact, his staff already has been in touch with an attorney representing the bank to see if a resolution can be reached and will continue those conversations," Reese McCranie from Mayor Kasim Reed's office said.


    Tuesday, Young was there when sheriff deputies and movers refused to evict hall. Her 83-year-old daughter was so overcome by stress, she had to be rushed to the hospital.

    "I want God to bless them and he will. They won't be able to count the blessing. I know I'm not ... I can't count them one-by-one," Hall said.

    Hall said the problem began years ago. Her house was paid for but at some point a family member took out a second mortgage and then never paid the bills on the home. There have been court battles, and a judge finally ordered the eviction. But now, the threat is over.

    "It's been a blessing. You'll have been a blessing to me," Hall said.

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