Due to her advanced age and religious activities, an elderly widow in California has been reportedly forced out of her apartment.
Eighty-five-year-old Diana Martin had lived in her apartment in Hanford for almost 14 years. Earlier this year, the owner and city’s vice-mayor, John Draxler, told her she was being evicted for sharing her faith and offering to pray for people. In follow up conversations, he also added that her age contributed to her eviction.
Despite knowing that her rent was fully paid and that she had nowhere to go, Draxler still told her to leave. According to CBN News, “when [Martin] started to cry, protesting that it was winter and she had no children living nearby, Draxler reportedly told her that was not his problem.” She has since moved out.
When Martin moved in over a decade ago, the complex had been advertised to senior living dwellers. But, in recent years, management changed and invited younger people, removing as many older residents as possible, including Martin.