HUD Honors Woman It Evicted
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ A handicapped woman who persisted with efforts to help the needy even while she was homeless has been honored by the same federal agency that had her evicted last year.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development honored Dorothea Bradley at a luncheon Monday with a Presidential Recognition Award for her community service.
The award covers 1987, the year she was locked out of her house, where she used to distribute groceries to fellow handicapped residents.
Ms. Bradley had lived rent-free in the Pasadena home for five years, but the owners defaulted on their low-interest Federal Housing Administration loan and a U.S. marshal padlocked the door last November.
That left her a bit skeptical about HUD.
″When HUD called to tell me I had won an award, I said, ‘Sure.’ Then I began to get letters telling me about it,″ she said.
In July, HUD sent correspondence that offered congratulations from President Reagan for her ″successful efforts to improve the nutritional well- being of low-income, handicapped persons.″
After she was evicted, Ms. Bradley continued to help the needy, distributing food from a room at the American Friends Committee in Pasadena under a food giveaway program subsidized by HUD.
Ms. Bradley said she lived in her van for two months until a man who heard about her plight rented her a small house.
″I never stopped helping the handicapped,″ said Ms. Bradley, who suffers from an arthritic spine and lives on a monthly Social Security check.
Despite the eviction, Ms. Bradley apparently harbors no bitterness. The commendation letter from HUD has an honored place in her home.
″Everyday when I sit down for dinner I look at it, smile and know that they do care about me,″ Ms. Bradley said. ″I didn’t think anybody paid any attention to me or even cared.″