Neighbor Buys Back House After Elderly Woman Gets Evicted
On her 89th birthday, Angie Tyma of Hudson, Florida received the best present of her life: her house. Just a few weeks earlier, Tyma was evicted from her house, only to have one of her neighbors buy it back on her behalf.
Tyma has lived in her house for 35 years, living most of those years alone after her husband passed away nearly 20 years go. She was forced to sell the house a few years ago, but was able to sell it to a family friend who let her lease it at a reasonable rate.
However, when the friend went through difficult financial times and could no longer pay the mortgage, the house was foreclosed on, forcing Tyma to leave and remove all of her personal belongings form the house.
“They threw me out,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it.” Fortunately, several of her neighbors took hold of her possessions. Meanwhile, one of her neighbors set up Tyma and her two dogs at a nearby motel.
But that wasn’t enough for Danielle Calder, who lives just a few houses away. At Tyma’s suggestion, Calder contacted the company that bought the house in an auction and made an offer to buy the house.
“Quite honestly, I didn’t need another house,” Calder said. “But I needed her. I couldn’t see her living in a motel room.” She added that Tyma has become an important part of the neighborhood, calling her “the fabric of the neighborhood,” and so no one wanted to see her be forced to leave this way.
“Everybody knows Angie,” Calder continued. “She has two little dogs that she walks. She’s an elderly woman, but she’s pretty feisty, and she has lots of energy.”
Calder is now Tyma’s landlord, and once the sale of the house to Calder was official, the entire neighborhood came out on Tyma’s 89th birthday to welcome her back to her house.
“Usually one of my neighbors bakes me a cake every year, but this time, when I got out of the car, and saw all these people, and the media,” Tyma explains. “I was speechless. I couldn’t even talk.”