On Monday, the soon-to-be-evicted tenants of the Catherine Street apartments met at Big Dawg BBQ on Old West Point Road despite the encroaching weather from Ida. As rain poured down, Yulanda Haddix, President of the Oktibbeha County Chapter of the NAACP, opened her shop for the tenants to meet with representatives from Mississippi United to End Homelessness (MUTEH).
A few were gathered early before MUTEH workers arrived, and they spoke of the conditions they have been living in. According to the tenants who were still at the apartments today, a maintenance worker came early Monday morning and told those present they were to vacate immediately.
“This morning a man in a maroon truck from maintenance came to our doors and told us we needed to leave and that we were supposed to be out already,” one tenant, who wished to remain anonymous, said. “He said that a judge signed the eviction order, and that we were trespassing. When we told him we have no place to go and we are fearful of the storm approaching, he laughed at us. Do you know how that made us feel?”
For more on this story, check out the Tuesday, August 31 edition of SDN.