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San Francisco group fighting eviction of 83-year-old Sacramento woman

Dorothy Morris, 83, is in Sacramento Superior Court on Tuesday to fight her eviction from Sacramento Manor, a south area senior-living apartment complex where she said she has lived since March 2013.
Dorothy Morris, 83, is in Sacramento Superior Court on Tuesday to fight her eviction from Sacramento Manor, a south area senior-living apartment complex where she said she has lived since March 2013. afurillo@sacbee.com

A San Francisco-based tenants’ rights group announced Thursday it has organized a statewide effort to try to halt the eviction of an 83-year-old woman from her apartment in Sacramento Manor.

Managers of the 260-unit senior-living complex near Florin Road and 24th Street evicted Dorothy Morris as part of an effort to remove all tenants who pay their rent with federally subsidized housing vouchers.

Morris fought the eviction in Sacramento Superior Court, but lost.

“We think it’s outrageous that Sacramento Manor is pursuing this eviction at all, and we’re encouraging our membership in Sacramento and across the state to reach out to the landlords and urge them to change course immediately and let her stay in her home,” Dean Preston, the executive director of Tenants Together, said in an interview.

The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, which administers the Section 8 housing voucher program locally, has not commented on the specifics of Morris’ case. The agency has sought to connect Morris to other organizations in the area that could find her a new place to live.

Preston said that even though Sacramento Manor prevailed in the lawsuit, “they don’t have to execute” the judgment. “They could call this off at any time, and they should do that,” he said.

Even though other agencies are assisting Morris in locating a new residence, “She should not have to move,” Preston said. “There’s trauma from having to move at all at her age. It’s a totally unnecessary eviction.”

Preston said his organization is made up of thousands of members across California, and he is asking them to call Sacramento Manor on behalf of Morris.

Sacramento Manor officials did not return phone calls for comment Wednesday.

Call The Bee’s Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141. Follow him on Twitter @andyfurillo.

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