They’re moving!

Spectator Reporters Stacey Escott and Steve Buist and I brought you the story of a couple of characters who looked liked they just stepped off the set of Duck Dynasty and onto Cannon Street in Hamilton.  (They enjoyed the comparison to the popular television show rest assured)Stephen Hoyland and his brother Richard Lichty were separated at birth, raised in different homes, and only when their birth mother was near to her end did she tell them about each other.

Together with Richard’s wife Violet they moved into a building on Cannon Street owned by an absent landlord.  The trio face several challenges and the landlord took advantage of them, including coming in one day and separating their unit into two, cutting them off from their washroom and kitchen.  A sink designed to be a kitchen and a bathroom were added in the building’s rubble basement.

Upstairs neighbor Theresa Chase, who faced her own challenges with her unit, took up their cause.  Following the articles in The Spectator there was an outpouring of support from the community and city officials where suddenly invoking bylaw infractions.

Now all four are moving out of the building.  All four should be out of the building by the first of March. Theresa is moving near Gage Park and the trio to a new location on Burlington Street.

After the story ran, a Hamilton police officer said “Now you have some idea of the kind of dumps were are in on a nightly basis!”

This story for now has an improving ending.

Ricahrd outside the Cannon Street home

Stephen outside the Cannon Street home

A rat infested couch outside their units

A rat infested couch outside their units

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Theresa with her buddy Silver in her unit where she was afraid to go to sleep for fear of rats running across her face.

Theresa with her buddy Silver in her unit where she was afraid to go to sleep for fear of rats running across her face.

Ricahrd and Violet

Richard and Violet

Violet and Stephen with her cat.

Violet and Stephen with her cat.

Stephen in their single main room with what they were using as kitchen cupboards after the wall behind him was erected and cut them off from their kitchen.

Stephen in their single main room with what they were using as kitchen cupboards after the wall behind him was erected and cut them off from their kitchen.

Stephen slept across these chairs for an entire winter in the front porch of the unit.

Stephen slept across these chairs for an entire winter in the front porch of the unit.

Stephen, Violet and Richard seen in our first story.

Stephen, Violet and Richard seen in our first story.

Stephen stands in the basement near what is sup[posed to be their kitchen sink

Stephen stands in the basement near what is sup[posed to be their kitchen sink

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Theresa with the laundry facilities.  A washer on a porch closed in by aluminum door.

Theresa with the laundry facilities. A washer on a porch closed in by aluminum door.

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The basement washroom

The basement washroom

A dead rat Theresa killed in her unit.

A dead rat Theresa killed in her unit.

The trio after our first story with new hair cuts and a bed for Stephen and a new kitchen table amongst the things donated by readers.

The trio after our first story with new hair cuts and a bed for Stephen and a new kitchen table amongst the things donated by readers.

Stephen and Richard with their proud possession, a sign reading "Two old crows live here."

Stephen and Richard with their proud possession, a sign reading “Two old crows live here.”

 

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