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ProJo: Elderly couple must leave Federal Hill apartment, can’t find affordable place


Posted:Feb 26, 2018 at 4:34 PM
Updated:Feb 26, 2018 at 4:37 PM

Since an eviction action started in January, Butch and Madonna Trottier, who are in their 70s, haven’t been able to find another apartment they can afford. They are selling their furniture to raise money for a new place.

PROVIDENCE -- Butch and Madonna Trottier have lived in Federal Hill for most of the 46 years they’ve been married.

They lived on America Street for 25 years, and for the past two years, they have been paying $800 a month for their first-floor apartment at 40 Grove St.

Since an eviction action started in January by their new landlord, the couple, who are in their 70s, haven’t been able to find another apartment they can afford. They are selling their furniture to raise money for a new place. At an eviction hearing on Feb. 5, they had agreed to move out by Feb. 28, but last week, the landlord agreed to let them pay to stay until the end of March.

Together, they said, their Social Security benefits barely cover rent and utilities, and they receive food stamps. Before they reached retirement age, Madonna cleaned houses, and Butch used to work as a laborer.

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