Adult Foster Care Home Forced to Close
Six people forced to find new homes.
The adult foster care facility where they lived shut down for failing to renew their license.
Residents say it has been a wonderful place to live, and they are upset they were given little time to move.
The Department of Human Services says the Cedar Crest Adult Foster Care home in Remus had a license in the past, but failed to renew it, forcing them to shut it down.
Operating an adult foster care in Michigan without a license is illegal, and the owners said they are well-aware of that despite operating for a year without one.
“I think coming in here with people in their 80’s and 90’s and telling them they’ve got to move by night is pretty low.”
Mary Cowles is one of six people forced to move out of Cedar Crest.
“I think it’s stinky. I got other words for it too. I just don’t think this is right.”
But this is what the Department of Human Services says in a statement to 9 & 10 News: “Michigan law requires all adult foster care homes to be licensed in order to operate. Cedar Crest has been operating an unlicensed facility, so that is not allowed.”
“I’ve had licenses for almost 13 years, would have been, but I applied for my license on my proper time, said they didn’t get it, I reapplied, said they didn’t get it, 3 times I did that.”
Owner Donna Walch says she eventually hand delivered an application, the $25 fee, and a compliance letter to a DHS office.
“They got the compliance letter, but they didn’t get the check or the application. I know I don’t have a license, I know that’s illegal but I’ve tried to do my part. Why would I jeopardize? This is my only income.”
DHS says they have no record of the filings or fee payments.
And residents and families are obviously frustrated.
Including Mary, “I’m not moving out. If they move me, they’re going to pick me up and take me. I think I have a right to be where I wanna be.”
And Donna isn’t giving up.
“I’m going to reapply, I’m going to open back up if it takes all I can do. I’m going to open back up and do what I’ve been doing for many years.”
Four caregivers are also now out of a job.
DHS did work with residents who needed it to find them other places to stay.