Operator of illegal personal care homes can no longer shelter vu - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Operator of illegal personal care homes can no longer shelter vulnerable adults

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Recently vulnerable adults in unlicensed personal care homes were moved after State Health Department officials reportedly found them neglected and living in filth.

The owner of those illegal care homes was expected to answer to charges in Hinds County Court Tuesday.

Alonzo Roberts was scheduled to appear in Hinds County Chancery Court for operating and refusing to close three unlicensed personal care homes. In February, the State Health Department raided the homes on Forest Hill and McRaven Roads and Highway 18 West.

Health Department Spokeswoman Liz Sharlot said agency attorneys are drafting a consent order in which Roberts would agree not to operate personal care homes in the state.

Investigators found residents of those unlicensed care facilities living in deplorable conditions, from no toilets to no heat.

On the day of the February 1st raid, residents near the McRaven Road were relieved.

"I've seen police, ambulances," said one woman who lived near the unlicensed house where she said up to eight men were staying. "I've seen all of that down there. Don't make no sense. That man ain't doing them people right there. They need to shut that down."

The State Health Department receives complaints about unlicensed homes and abuse from neighbors to family members.

Sharlot said they are currently working on at least five cases statewide.

There are 190 personal care homes licensed by the state. Nineteen homes are in Jackson with about 370 residents. The number of unlicensed care homes is unknown.

The illegal homes operated by Roberts were raided after officials investigated complaints January 4th and 11th.

He was issued cease and desist orders but refused to close the facilities. 

Officials said Roberts could face fines and jail time if he defies the consent order.

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