Residents of a nursing home in California now face a hike in their cost of living of more than $1,000 a month for rent and other fees, sparking outrage in the community, according to a report.
Yvonne Collins, resident of Murrieta, whose mother and stepfather live in Paradise Village in National City, California, Her mother told her that a newsletter informed them that they would be required to pay an additional $1,000 a month in rent, FOX 5 of San Diego reported.
The national city is located six miles from San Diego.
“They couldn’t believe it. My mother was like, ‘The rent is going to go up $1,000’—and I’m like, ‘This must be a mistake.’ “Nobody does that. Then I looked at the newsletter — and it sure was true,” Collins said, according to a FOX 5 report.
In the newsletter, Paradise Village administration announced starting in October that residents who live with two people in a unit, such as an elderly couple, will now be charged an additional $1,000 per month while all residents will receive rent increase by $100.
Collins said her mother and stepfather, who fell in love with the dorm after their first tour and enjoyed living there for a year, are now concerned that they may not be able to afford it.
“I’m pissed. I can’t believe anyone would do this. My mom and her husband are 85 years old, have a steady income. Most people there are between 80 – I’ve met people who are 95 years old. They’re not going to get a second job.” There is no way for them to increase their income when they govern themselves on a budget,” Collins told FOX 5.
Collins said the administration described the price hike as an increase in fees rather than rent, and that discrimination is legally justified.
“This is the asin. Even people who have been there for two months will now get a raise of $1,000? What is their choice? To move, move forward with Moving expenses? I am very upset and appalled that anyone could do this to seniors – or anyone else,” Collins added, FOX 5 reported.
The administration of Paradise Village justified the price hike as necessary to compensate for the rise Labor and food costs and supplies.
Rentals in Paradise Village, located at 2700 East 4th Street in National City, start at $2,800 a month for assisted living, and $3,640 a month for independent living, according to Caring.com.
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