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3 On Your Side: Zach's House charity faces eviction

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By  David Kenney - bio | email

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) -  This week officials at Zach's house, a traditional living home for survivors of brain injuries, announced they were being kicked out.   

The facility is operated by Mary Bates, who is over the Miles Corporation, a non-profit organization.

The owners of the home say they had planned to donate it to Bates, but she failed to prove she could run the facility.

"What has been done is we've been promised a home and now they're evicting us and it's my understanding he's got it sold," said Bates Monday afternoon at their Northside drive location.

There are two bedrooms for brain injury survivors at Zach's house, but no one was home during our visit, one reason why those planning to donate the house, have changed their minds.

"We have been perfectly willing all along to give the house away to her if they would just perform and provide some symbol of organization and skill set to manage it," said Attorney Richard Lengle, who donated the home to Bates charity

Lengle says he only charged bates $12.00 for the first years rent of Zach's house, and that she failed to provide him financial records, and meet simple obligations to receive the house, free of charge.

"She didn't sign a lease as far as we know, she didn't have the number of individuals in the house like she was supposed to nor she also had family members living there from time to time which was also a prohibition," said Lengle.

Bates couldn't provide us with a copy of her signed lease or let us meet one brain injury patient receiving care there.

Lengle has offered to sell the home to bates but she say's she's not interested, she's moving.

Lengle says he'll think twice the next time he makes a donation of this size to a charitable organization.

The two groups will square off in Hinds County Circuit court Thursday during an eviction hearing.

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