A 97-year-old World War II veteran—one who actually saw action at Pearl Harbor—is being kicked out of his Brooklyn home, according to a report.
The Rev. James Blakely says he’s being evicted from his studio apartment, after saying it was gifted to him rent-free some five years ago.
“They’re trying to put me out. It’s injustice,” said the war hero who earned two Navy combat stars in Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal and Luzon, to the New York Daily News. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. . . . I don’t feel good. I got no place else to go.”
In 2012, the News reported on Blakely when he was living out of a ramshackle trailer for nearly a year.
However, the News reports that officials with Black Veterans for Social Justice say that Blakely signed a lease to pay $778 a month for the apartment after the first year, and then, $635 after his rent was reduced.
Last year, Blakely reportedly received an eviction notice saying he owed $24,130, a fact he relates to the rapidly gentrifying Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, neighborhood he lives in, and the “pending sale of the rent-stabilized building to a Manhattan developer.”
The News reports the “plucky war vet” is obviously distressed about being removed from his home.
“I lay down at night and don’t know if I’ll have a place to lay down tomorrow night. It’s not a pleasant feeling,” said Blakely. “This is home. It’s a place to live, sleep and cook. I just want my one-bedroom apartment. That’s not a lot to ask.”
“Where would I go if I’m kicked out of here?,” he asks.
Somebody please start a (legitimate) GoFund Me for this man. If the government won’t take care of him, we should.
source: the root