Manchester officials working to find solutions for evicted man
Gerald Pilotte speaks to Manchester police Officer Fred Gillis during the eviction Wednesday from the Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority apartment where he has lived for decades. (MARK HAYWARD / UNION LEADER)
Pilotte, who is about 80, was evicted Wednesday from the apartment he has lived in since the 1980s at 14 Falls Ave. Eviction paperwork said he violated an earlier agreement not to smoke in the apartment.
She said Washington Manor is not a locked facility, and tenants are free to come and go, as long as they sign themselves out and let staff know when they can be expected back. She said Pilotte knows his whereabouts and knows where he is going.
The Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority have been mum about Pilotte and would not discuss the eviction. But court papers said he violated an agreement not to smoke in his apartment. Last year, the housing authority was ready to evict Pilotte over concerns about burned food and numerous fire calls.
Ventresca said she's just met Pilotte, and she will have to determine whether assisted living is the appropriate level of care for him. She ackowledged some behavioral problems.
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