This has been covered a little bit by a friend of mine, Richard Garcia, but I feel like with as many people as there is in Victoria, this should be addressed way more.
A very good acquaintance of mine, Ramona Flores, is in an ongoing battle with her father's apartment complex. Her father, Ruben Flores, suffers from Parkinson's disease and has a difficult time keeping his apartment clean to the standards of the complex manager.
For those of you that are unaware of what Parkinson's disease is: It is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in a hand. While tremors may be the most well-known sign of Parkinson's disease, the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement. In early stages of Parkinson's disease, the face may show little or no expression, or arms may not swing when walking. Speech may become soft or slurred. The symptoms become worse over time, and although there isn't a cure, a doctor can prescribe medications to improve symptoms.
That being said, Ramona has relocated back to Victoria to help care for her father and make the accommodations to the apartment that the complex manager requested to no avail. She claims the manager was very rude while trying to discuss renewing the lease to her father's apartment and she filed a complaint with the Victoria Apartment Association and was awarded a renewal. The complex manager then served an eviction notice for her father to vacate in 30 days.
Ramona, nor her father have the funds to find a new apartment at this time and Ramona has started a petition to keep her father in his home. You can find the petition and more information with a plea from Ramona to help her father in his recovery process at:
Not many people think of homelessness being a part of this community, but it is a very real aspect of Victoria, and what this complex manager is doing to a sickly man and his daughter is atrocious.
I urge readers to please read their story and help keep one less family off the streets. No one should be treated this way, especially someone with such a debilitating disease that has someone care for him like his daughter has tried.
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