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State buys new house for woman whose home is in road project's way

State buys new house for woman whose home is in road project's way »Play Video
Patsy Burnsed moved out of her home of more than 40 years and into a new house nearby where she'll live rent-free.

HILLSBORO, Ore. – The state of Oregon bought a house for an 86-year-old woman whose home of more than 40 years stood in the way of a highway expansion project.

In 1972, Patsy Burnsed and her late husband Melvin bought a house on Groveland Drive. Their six children grew up there.

ODOT needs to bulldoze the homes on Groveland to expand Highway 26. Officials offered Burnsed $200,000 to move out of her house, but the widow wouldn’t have seen any of the money because she had a reverse mortgage. It would have gone straight to the bank that owned her house.

So the state came up with a solution to buy a house nearby and allow her to live there rent-free.

“Our house is old and kind of beat up,” said Patsy. “But we have a lot of memories there.”

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