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Centenarian racks up $120,000 in property taxes ... seeks help to return home

Published:Wednesday | June 29, 2016 | 6:00 AM
Plowden resident Eunice Roman celebrated her 100th birthday last December.

PLOWDEN, Manchester:

There is a level of unease that surfaces when an individual is removed from their comfort zone, either by force or as a result of other circumstances, and placed in an environment they find difficult to adapt to.

This is the story of Eunice Roman, who, at 100 years old, is longing for the day when she can return to her ancestral home.

Roman was first forced to leave a place she called home in 2004 after it was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan. She then moved to live with her sister, who later died at 100 years old.

With a need for an alternative place of abode, Roman's niece constructed for her a one-bedroom dwelling on the land her sister gave her, but a whirlwind of problems began when Roman had to move yet again to live with her grandniece because the condition of the roadway which leads to the house worsened, and the tax owing on the land climbed to $120,000.

The former domestic worker and vendor with no offspring and very few living relatives is cared for by a woman who has voluntarily committed herself to the task, and acknowledges that Roman's daily wish is to spend her final days in the environment in which she grew up.

"She says her father died and leave that place, and that is the environment she knows.

Where she is living presently with her grandniece is not one that she is happy about, and she is longing to be back in her own little place," caregiver Audrey Reid told The Gleaner.

Although the balance continues to rise, the issue of the poor road condition is the main reason Roman is not reunited with her home.

"The road is bad and she can hardly walk. In order for her to go there now, we would have to lift her up ... . So until the road is fixed, she has to stay where she is."

But Roman is hoping that her move will be sooner rather than later.

"Me nuh really comfortable living here ... . Me waan go back home to the place weh me use to," Roman said.

 

SEEKING ASSISTANCE

 

Reid said Roman would be at peace if she is given the opportunity to move back home after having the road fixed and granted the assistance of gradually clearing the land taxes owed.

"She know I would be there to help her, like what I'm doing now, if she move, 'cause now her grandnephew have to work, so him out early morning until late night, so I would still pitch in when she move, but I am appealing for the assistance for her because she needs it," said Reid.

She continued: "The road leading to the house is about a mile or less, and we are appealing to the Government - or somebody who can help - to fix it, to fix it for her and help her clear the bill owed."

Roman is unsure of how many more time she will be gifted with, but she said she wants to spend that time in the comfort of her own home.

To reach Eunice Roman, contact her caregiver, Audrey Reid, at (876) 569-9398.