Neighbors step in to help woman living in tent

A Catoosa woman is forced to live in a tent in her own front yard because her home is infested with black mold that she cannot afford to fix. (KTUL)

A Catoosa woman is forced to live in a tent in her own front yard.

She says her home is filled with black mold that she cannot afford to fix.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, sent out a letter to her neighbors explaining the situation. In the letter she states, "I want to apologize if my canopy offended anyone. That was not my intention as I strive to be a good and respectful neighbor."

The letter shocked her fellow neighbor Laura Ruiz.

“She’s was apologizing for the way she’s living," said Ruiz. "I just had no idea her house was filled with mold and it could be deadly."

The neighbor says she didn't want to just leave her home inside and have nowhere else to go.

“So I came out here and camped out," she said. "I was able to breathe out here away from the mold. So I just stayed.”

It’s become somewhat of an eye-sore for some folks and now she plans to take it down and head back inside her mold-infested home.

“It’s getting cold and know I can't stay out here all winter," she said. "I know the business behind me doesn't want to see that tent up and I don’t blame them.”

Now her neighbors are stepping in by reaching out to others who might be able to help.

“We're trying to find people that know how to redo homes, redo trailers," said Ruiz. "We just wanted to reach out and see if we can get her some help. She doesn’t complain about her situation, she’s a really good neighbor and she’s a hard worker.”

Being neighborly is warming the heart of this woman in need.

“They’ve brought me food a couple of times and they’ve offered to come down and look at the roof," she said. "I’m just so grateful for my neighbors. They’re godsent.”

If you'd like to help out in anyway, you can contact Laura Ruiz at 918- 812- 6059 or submit monetary donations through a GoFundMe account set up by the woman's neighbors.

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