TAMPA — Demetric Freedom had just arrived back from his dialysis appointment when there was a knock at the door.
Outside was a maintenance crew and armed security guards. Ten minutes later, the locks on his one-bedroom apartment had been changed. All he managed to get out with were his wallet and phone charger, he said.
One day after a deadline to leave had expired, the landlord at Tampa Park Apartments changed the locks on apartments and towed tenants’ cars.
Some, like 71-year-old David Wilson, got home from work Monday to find a wooden board nailed over the keyhole. Wilson had planned to move out that evening, anyway.
Others like Freedom still haven’t found a place to live. The nonprofit hired by Hillsborough County to help residents relocate offered him places in Lakeland, Lutz and East Hillsborough, he said. But Freedom doesn’t own a car and needs to live close