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Strangers Help Evicted D.C. Woman

Sarah Owens was Metro's first female bus driver



    A 79-year-old woman in the District has new help after a group of strangers pitched in to help her get back on her feet. News4's Shomari Stone reports. (Published Wednesday, April 4, 2012)

    After hearing of a Metro bus driver facing eviction in D.C., NBC4 viewers flooded our mailboxes and phone lines with offers to help.

    Sarah Owens, who has lived at her northwest Washington apartment since 1999, was the first female Metro bus driver and a two time cancer survivor.

    The 79-year-old woman had gotten behind in her rent because she says she was using the money for alternative medicines and now owes more than $3,000 in rent.

    Owens doesn't have any immediate family but her community wasn't about to leave her out on the street.

    NBC4's Shomari Stone was there when strangers began showing up to lend a helping hand. One man brought a U-Haul truck, while another man offered to store her things in a storage facility.

    When the first U-Haul truck was filled up, someone went to rent a few more. One by one, kind strangers lined up to help Owens pack her things.

    Suite Solutions Apartment Company gave Owens a temporary place to live until she decides where she wants to live. That might mean she'll move back into her old apartment.

    A man who chose to stay anonymous offered to give Owens the money to move back in and pay her rent.