Grandmother in danger of being evicted because grandson visits too often

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An 87-year-old Lodi woman says that she is in danger of being evicted from her home that she has lived in for six decades because her grandson visits too frequently.

Rose DiMaria has lived at the Lodi Housing Authority since she was 20 years old. She says that she raised her children there and that her grandchildren grew up visiting her there.

DiMaria’s grandson Greg Ciccone says that he visits her almost every day and helps her out around the house.

"Get her breakfast ready, her pills ready, carry her laundry up and down, little things an 87-year-old needs help with,” Ciccone says.

DiMaria says that she has been a model tenant in her 67 years of living in her home. “I pay my rent. Keep a clean house, don't cause trouble,” she says. 

She says that she was surprised to receive a notice from the authority earlier this month warning her that if she keeps letting her grandson, who they call an “unauthorized visitor,” visit, she could be evicted.

"I feel as if I'm being picked on for some reason. I don't know why,” DiMaria says. “Let me know what the reason is. Let me speak to it.”

DiMaria’s family says that they believe other family members have a dispute with Ciccone and are going after his grandmother to hurt him. Ciccone admits that he has had some trouble with the law in the past, having served some time in prison for fraud. But he says that this is no reason to hurt DiMaria.

“I think the intent was that they allegedly would make things difficult for me,” Ciccone says. “But in turn they’re making things difficult for my grandmother.”

“It’s sad, really is sad. I don’t need this at my age, the stress,” DiMaria says. “I want to live stress-free, but it’s impossible really.”

News 12 New Jersey spoke with an attorney for the Lodi Housing Authority about the situation. The attorney says that they cannot discuss tenants, leases or legal notices.

The attorney also says that the housing authority’s priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of all tenants, and says that DiMaria will have a hearing before any action is taken. DiMaria says that she will fight to stay in her home.

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