A Blind Man's Eviction Stirs Emotion in Prince George's County

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Chairman of the Prince George's County Council, Andrea Henderson says her staff is working to find a blind man, his wife and seeing eye dog, a temporary place to stay.

She's also reviewing the law that covers evictions in Co-operative Housing, especially when it comes to disabled citizens, in this case, an individual who's live there for more than 40 years.

A WUSA9 viewer emailed the station, offering to anonymously pay his back rent.

All this after 63 year old Ray Raysor, who was blind since age 13, was evicted from his home in the Village Green Co-op in Landover, Maryland.

When we arrived on the scene Tuesday, Mister Raysor and wife were sitting in the parking lot and his dog, Rayteeko, was on the ground at his side.

They were surrounded by mountains of furniture and personal possessions.

Neighbors had gathered around to help protect their lifelong possessions and most were upset and angry by the eviction.

Mr. Raysor had once served on the Co-op Board of directors. He's a leading advocate for the blind in the County.

The attorney for the co-op says Ray Raysor had been repeatedly late with his rent prompting several judgement's dating back to May of this year.

The Attorney Bernie Cooke says the back rents were eventually paid, thus staving off earlier eviction notices; but there remained late fees, court fees and penalties to be paid.

Raysor says he was unaware until deputy sheriffs arrived that another $600 dollars was due.

Pat Fletcher, a longtime resident at Village Green says had neighbors known they would have paid the sum. She called Ray Raysor, a pillar of the community.  

Their church is storing most of the family's belongings. They stayed in a motel Tuesday night.

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