First it was an OSP Trooper who took extra good care of a disoriented driver – now ODOT steps up and shows its “true colors” in helping an 86 year old woman avoid homelessness.
When 86 year old Patsy Burnsed got the news that ODOT was going to tear down her Washington County home to make way for an interchange upgrade, she knew she would soon become homeless. Not because ODOT wouldn’t compensate her fully for her home, but that all the money would go to the bank that held her “reverse mortgage,” which would be payable in full to the bank upon her moving out. The result would be her house is gone, ODOT pays for it, and she’s homeless.
But like an OSP Trooper who recently took a disoriented elderly driver under his wing until his California family could rush up and retrieve him, ODOT took Patsy Burnsed under its wing as well and produced a happy ending. It proves that despite what some TV “news” organizations claim, government is not the enemy of the people. It can, and does come through when it counts.
The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.