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Hundreds of seniors across Oklahoma face eviction if DHS program is cut amid budget cuts

OKLAHOMA CITY - Hundreds of Oklahoma seniors could lose their homes if budget cuts force DHS to cut the ADvantage Waiver Program.

"I can't believe the state of Oklahoma would even do this," Delois Taylor, who lives at Village at Oakwood, told News 4. "I can't imagine living anywhere else. Everybody is good to you. Everybody is nice to you."

However, that's a reality Taylor might have to face if DHS cuts the state-funded ADvantage Waiver Program.

"It pays for our rent, which I couldn't stay here if it didn't. I wouldn't have enough money. I don't make enough money. I barely have enough money to pay my part after advantage pays theirs," Taylor said.

However, if DHS loses millions in state funding, officials with the agency said they have no choice but to cut the program.

That would force assisted living centers, like Village at Oakwood, to evict residents if they can't afford to pay on their own, and that could end up closing their doors.

"I don't know what to do. Because, she can't live on her own. She's a fall risk all the time," said Lois Storm, Taylor's daughter. "What if she forgets her medication? Or, what if she takes a double dose? There's a lot of people here who can't even live on their own."

In the meantime, while all eyes are on the state legislature to find a budget solution, Taylor said all she can do is cling to hope.

"I hope they haven't given up on us. To me, that's what it would be - given up on, you know, saying we don't matter anymore. I think we matter," Taylor said.

If the ADvantage Waiver Program is cut, it would affect all 84 residents at Village at Oakwood.

Village at Oakwood is holding a meeting for their residents' families to address the topic with a state representative at 6 p.m. on Thursday.