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 May 6, 2005
After three decades of no rent, 95-year-old faces eviction
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. After living rent-free for nearly 30 years, a 95-year-old woman faces eviction from her federally subsidized apartment in Saratoga Springs, New York -- for failing to pay rent.

Louise Barney's family says the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority board granted her free housing as a retirement benefit in 1975.

But officials say the agency that oversees federally subsidized housing in the area doesn't have the power to make such agreements. Officials say she should have been paying a little more than 300 dollars a month for her apartment.

The issue first came to light last year when a federal housing agency discovered she wasn't being charged rent.

Barney is facing an eviction hearing tomorrow morning. But housing authority officials say they're "not physically going to throw anybody out."

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