- A woman in Portland, Oregon froze to death after she was evicted from an apartment building
- The woman was evicted for being unable to pay her rent
- She was the second person to die for being exposed to cold weather in Portland this year
A woman in Portland, Oregon died of hypothermia after she was evicted from an apartment building for seniors and people with disabilities. She was the second person to die in Portland for being exposed to the cold weather this year, as per the U.S. Uncut.
As mentioned by Kenneth Lipp in his January 10, 2017 story, the woman, identified as 52-year-old Karen Batts was found dead on Saturday, January 7, in the Smart Park parking garage at 730 Southwest 10th Avenue around 2 p.m. amidst the snowstorm in Portland.
The police responded to reports that a woman was struggling in the cold weather, but she was already dead when they arrived.
Batts was unable to pay the $338 rent for the month of August last year. The landlords sent her a 72-hour notice on September 9 to pay the amount plus a $5 late fee. It appeared she was not able to pay it. On October 6, an eviction complaint was filed against her in a court.
The court decided on the landlords’, Cascade Management, Inc. and Northwest Housing Alternatives, LLC, favor after Batts did not attend the scheduled October 14 hearing.