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Advocates help 97-year-old veteran evicted from Napa home

A 97-year-old veteran had to turn to a homeless shelter after being evicted from his senior home, but now advocates are coming to his aid.
In Napa, outraged advocates came to the aid of a 97-year-old veteran evicted from his senior home. He's in a new home after temporarily living in a homeless shelter.

Friday night was Jim Farrell's first night in his new senior home in Napa, after living in a homeless shelter for the first time in his life.

Farrell, who was a Merchant Marine in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, was evicted from the Redwood Retirement Residence in Napa. He claims he was charged $1,500 to clean his room which caused him to miss his rent. He also says he was reprimanded for singing too much.

Farrell said, "It's a prohibitive situation. Nobody can take that."

Carol Eldridge from Senior Visionary Service said, "I think because he liked to entertain the residents, they felt he was overdoing some of that a little bit."

Senior Visionary Services which helps the elderly find homes. When she found out Farrell was in a homeless shelter, she and other senior advocates rallied around him and helped him find a new place.

Eldridge said, "They didn't offer him a smaller apartment or another place to move to. They just told him, 'You're out, you're on your own, good luck.'"

Representatives for the Redwood Retirement Residence were unavailable to speak on camera. But two employees tell me Farrell was evicted because his sanitary habits were a health hazard to the other residents. So he was given 30 days to leave.

Now Eldridge says she and other outraged senior advocates plan on taking Farrell's case up with the Greater Napa Fair Housing Center.

Meanwhile, Farrell will be entertaining a new audience at the Piner's Guest Home.
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