A 94-year-old Army veteran, Frank Tammaro, was living happily at the Island Shores Senior Residence in New York City until he was told in September 2022 to pack up and leave. Tammaro, along with 52 other seniors, received notices informing them that the facility was shutting down and they needed to find somewhere else to live by March of the following year.
Tammaro, who served in the Army during the Korean War, was devastated by the news. He had been calling Island Shores his home for the past five years and had no plans of leaving. “I felt horrible,” Tammaro told Fox News. “It’s no joke getting thrown out of a house.”
The facility’s owner, a New York City nonprofit called Homes for the Homeless, said in a statement that they had decided to sell Island Shores to focus on their core mission of serving homeless families. The seniors were assured that the building would likely be sold to another senior operator and reopened. However, Tammaro’s daughter, Barbara Annunziata, was skeptical of this claim and reached out to the building’s management for answers.
“I knew something was going to go in there,” Annunziata said. “They kept saying, ‘they’re going to sell it. They’re going to sell it.’ That’s what they kept telling me.”
Frank Tammaro is a 94 year-old Army veteran.
A lifelong New Yorker, he ended up living in the Island Shores Senior Center for the last 5 years.
He, and 8 other veterans, were evicted from their home to make room for illegals. They will get it free-of-charge.
“I do get upset… pic.twitter.com/UTigq5npL2
— 🇺🇸ProudArmyBrat (@leslibless) November 30, 2023
During the Korean War, Tammaro served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and was stationed stateside for two years. He was one of eight veterans living at Island Shores before it shut down. “I was not in combat,” Tammaro said. “But these boys that went over and went into combat – and now they’re all settled in there with their lives and everything else – and they’re all disrupted, it isn’t fair.”
When he was evicted from Island Shores, the 94-year-old had difficulty finding a new assisted living facility that suited his needs. “I was pretty slow getting out,” Tammaro said. “I figured they were going to have my luggage on the curb.” Soon after, Tammaro had a fall that landed him in the hospital.
In August 2022, Tammaro found out through the community that Homes for the Homeless had arranged with city hall to move migrants into Island Shores. The facility was one of 200 buildings converted into emergency shelters to house some of the 130,000 migrants who had crossed the southern border and landed in New York City since October 2022.
The news of migrants moving into their old home caused an uproar among Tammaro and the other evicted seniors. Hundreds of protestors gathered outside the facility, and 10 people were arrested for trying to block a bus with migrants from reaching the building.
Meet Frank Tammaro, a 94 year old army veteran who was kicked out of his home at a senior center so they could make room for illegal immigrants. They didn’t offer Frank any money. They didn’t help him relocate. They just kicked him out and now he’s living with his daughter.… pic.twitter.com/tXBWyTYg1k
— 🇺🇸Travis🇺🇸 (@Travis_in_Flint) November 29, 2023
Tammaro’s daughter, Annunziata, is upset about how her father was treated. “They’re worried about the migrants more than they’re worried about the U.S. citizens,” she said. She struggled to get help for her father, as his insurance rejected any long-term request for care. “I can’t even get him an aide. I only could get him an aide for 30 days, and then they cancel it. So what, he has to pay for it then?” she added.
Tammaro has now settled in with his daughter, only a few minutes away from his old home, which is now called the Midland Beach Migrant Center. “I felt bitter at the beginning,” Tammaro told Fox News. “But I’m satisfied where I am now.” “I was satisfied where I was until they threw me out,” he added. “But making the best of a bad situation, that’s what we’re doing.”
Amidst the ongoing migrant crisis, many seniors like Tammaro and his daughter are questioning their government’s priorities. While migrants are receiving free housing and assistance, seniors like Tammaro are struggling to find suitable living situations and essential care. As the influx of asylum seekers continues, it remains to be seen how the city will handle the needs of its own citizens, especially vulnerable ones like Tammaro.