70-year-old getting PhD threatened with eviction after enrolling in online class

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas (KTRK) — Betty Harper met an ABC13 crew at her entrance door on Wednesday in a walker, nonetheless recovering from again surgical procedure she had final fall accompanied by a stroke she stated she suffered earlier within the yr.

The 70-year-old is refusing to let any of that gradual her down, saying she’s only one class away from incomes her PhD.

“You are able to do something you place your thoughts to doing,” stated Harper. “I at all times needed my doctorate, and I needed to wait till my kids graduated from faculty and my grandchildren so I may assist them.”

Lastly, it was her flip. The retired particular schooling instructor stated she needed to maintain her thoughts lively.

5 years in the past, she enrolled in a web-based program via Northcentral College working in direction of her purpose slowly, however diligently.

“I’m on the Dean’s Checklist,” stated Harper with a way of delight.

Now, months earlier than she is about to graduate, as a substitute of celebrating a serious milestone, she’s frightened about her housing. She advised Eyewitness Information she obtained a name from an worker at her house complicated in The Woodlands space known as Fawn Ridge Flats.

“[They] known as me and said to me I had 30 days to maneuver,” stated Harper.

The grandmother stated a employee advised her as a result of she was a full-time pupil, she now not certified for her HUD housing help.

“And I stated to her, ‘I’m solely taking one class. How can that be full time? I’m solely a part-time pupil,'” recalled Harper.

ABC13 tried to talk with workers at Fawn Ridge Flats to clear up what seems to be a misunderstanding, however they refused to remark.

We additionally contacted the property administration firm, Envolve LLC, which is predicated in Alabama, however haven’t heard again.

A authorized knowledgeable stated HUD housing doesn’t enable for a complete unit to be occupied by full-time college students. The restriction was put in place to keep away from dormitory housing and does not seem to use to this great-grandmother.

“If I used to be evicted at this level, I’ve no funds to maneuver,” stated Harper.

ABC13 will proceed in search of solutions for the long run Dr. Betty Harper.

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