Seniors could lose homes because of budget cuts; asking for action
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- Two hundred seniors could lose their homes because of budget issues in the state.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services sent a letter informing them that the ADvantage Waiver would be cut December 1.
The ADvantage Waiver gives seniors a chance to stay in an assisted living facility, living in their own apartment, while also getting the care that they need at an affordable price. Without it, they can't afford the help.
Franciscan Villa residents Barbara Woodard, Patricia Allen and Pam Heuser get together to piece together a puzzle or hang out with each other.
They consider Franciscan Villa their home and each other family.
"They are the people when I get so sick that I have to go to long term that I hope they come over and hold my hand when I am scared," Woodard said.
Now they are worried that will all be going away.
"It is just a very sad situation because I don't know where we are going to go," Allen said.
Woodard, Allen and Heuser are just three of the 14 people in their facility who were notified their income would be cut at the end of the month.
Heuser says this program gave her choices she never thought she would have.
"It allows you to stay independent, it allows you to get your medical care, it gets you to the doctors, it frees up your family, it frees you up, it helps you," Heuser said.
They are hoping legislators change their minds.
"I don't understand why Oklahoma can't get themselves together and get a program working like this, there ought to be a way," Heuser said.
Now they are forced to look for a new home.
"I'm like, where do I move? What is going to happen to me?" Allen asked.
"I never dreamt that this would ever happen," Woodard said.
These seniors are desperate for action.
"I am just telling them to call the senators and the House of Representatives, and call and that is the best way they can help me, the only way," Allen said.
If you would like to call about this issue, you can click on the link for your representative's number.