she is quoted as saying, "I had a house. My parents bought it in 1937. It’s a beautiful house. Two stories, gas heat, everything you would ever want. I owned the house. It’s still there at 1629 Lewis Street. Two people, they call them squatters, came and pushed me out of my house."
A quick check online reveals that the house is still owned by Eileen Chadwick (her married name) and June Walbank, Eileen's sister.
Why on earth is Eileen sleeping on the street tonight if she has a house?!
Eileen said she had gone to the police and sheriff, but no one had helped her. Do you have any suggestions on what should be done?
I just sent the below to the Homeless Advocacy Project of Philadelphia. Hopefully, this will get Eileen the help she needs.
I'm a freelance journalist who writes about social issues. Recently, I interviewed an elderly homeless woman, Eileen Chadwick, who said she had been kicked out of her house by squatters.
I checked online and found out that Eileen Chadwick and her sister, June Walbank, are still the owners of the house at 1629 Lewis Street. Eileen has been homeless for nine months, and June is in an institution somewhere.
72-year-old Eileen Chadwick should be sleeping inside her own house tonight and not on a sidewalk. Can you help her?
9:42AM, 9/9/16 update: Late last night, I wrote to Frank Wilson of the Inquirer. He just replied:
Just heard from Bill Marimow [Editor-in-Chief of the Philadelphia Inquirer]. He's going to have some key staffers look into it. As he said, if it pans out, it could prove to be quite a saga.
3:49PM, 9/9/16 update: I talked to Frank Wilson in person today. I'm confident the Philadelphia Inquirer will get to the bottom of this. If Eileen still owns the house, she'll be back in it.
I also talked to another man who said he's willing to send two of his boys over to "take care" of the squatters. I don't think it will come to that.