Management asked her to quit one more time -- Toombs declined. “I don’t think so,” she said in an interview with Cincinnati.com. “This is my home, and I think you can do whatever you want to in your home.”
Residents at AHEPA 127 are low-income seniors who pay discounted rent under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 202.
“My mom is getting older, and this is causing her so much stress,” said daughter Mary Ann Burgoyne. “She kept telling me that she was paying her rent. She was a little confused. She thought they might put her in a debtors prison.”
Burgoyne attempted to enlist a senior-advocacy group to help her mother, but was told this was “the future” and that Toombs should quit smoking.
Toombs will be clearing out of the building in the next week or so.