Williamsburg's Homeless & Indigent

P.O. Box 366, Lightfoot, VA 23090
Office: 757-561-3255
"Assisting people in re-gaining hope and a better way of life."

Friday, November 26, 2004

Residents Homeless After Being Forced Out of York County Couple's Home

York County officials are cracking down on a residential home that gives shelter to the needy. Now dozens of people have no where to go over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Patti and Jeff McKenzie had to evict 19 people Wednesday - including a family of four - because York County building inspectors say they're violating zoning laws.

The county says people not related to the McKenzie's are not allowed to live in their home.

"We're interested in the safety of the citizens," says York County Building Code officials Marianne Harris.

"This building was constructed not for human habitation," Harris says of a barn on the Mackenzie's property where some of the families stay. The others stay in the McKenzie's residence.

"There's no where for people to go here," says a tearful Patti McKenzie about Wednesday's situation.

The Mackenzie's know they will be fined for the violations -- but they don't know how much. The fines are expected to be in the thousands of dollars.

If you would like to help the people and families displaced, call the Williamsburg Homeless and Indigent Program at 345-0880.


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