Viewer vows to help couple facing eviction | News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local man moved by the plight of a senior couple facing eviction is vowing to help.
John Brooks retired from UPS and purchased five acres with his home along with several rental properties.
The challenges facing Douglas and Mabel Hamilton resonated with Brooks, so he told his wife they had to do something.
"When I saw their story, I understand," said Brooks.
Their story is very simple. The Hamiltons have lived in the same home at the same location, and now they're being forced to move. They feel helpless.
"We're old and not in good shape," said Mabel Hamilton.
Douglas and Mabel Hamilton, married 41 years, have been renting the same lot off San Pablo road for the past 28 years. A few weeks ago, they were told the property owner does not want to be in the landlord business.
"We don't know what to do," she said.
They have until Dec. 26 to move their mobile home. It was built in 1977 and they say it is too old to move.
"This will probably be out last Christmas together," said Mabel Hamilton.
Douglas is battling throat cancer and he's being treated at the Mayo Clinic.
John Brooks has several mobile homes on his property and wants the Hamiltons to move into one of them.
"It is quiet, it is peaceful and it is well protected," said Brooks.
His tenants are all seniors, like 96-year-old Harold Davis, who drives his mustang everyday.
"They don't have to do anything but come and enjoy living here," said Brooks.
Brooks is now remodeling the home he is offering to the Hamiltons and he says it'll be ready by the Dec. 26 deadline.
He gave them a call and explained what he had to offer.
"We have a little neighborhood here and really enjoy senior citizens," said Brooks.
His neighborhood is on the Westside near Normandy Boulevard, while the Hamiltons now live near the beaches.
"I would like to sit down and talk with them," said Brooks.
It was a very pleasant conversation, but the Hamiltons did not commit themselves.
Mabel Hamilton said she will seriously consider Brooks offer.
Her biggest challenge she said is the distance, they don't drive too far. Her husband goes to the Mayor clinic for treatment and she doesn't want to be too far from Mayo.