Elderly woman wins battle against HOA to get O2 tank at doorstep

By: Kelly Asmuth Email
By: Kelly Asmuth Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Now for an update on a story exclusive to 11 News. Ninety-seven-year-old Vena Metcalfe was told by her home owner's association that she had to find her way down three flights of stairs to let in her oxygen tank delivery. In the past, the tank had been brought up to her third floor condo at the Horizon Towers.

However, after our story and several letters from her lawyer, Vena says administrators at Horizon Towers have changed their minds.

"Well, they have finally, after much conversation, and much rebuttal back and forth with the lawyer...allowed me to receive my oxygen," says Vena.

Vena suffers breathing problems from working on military planes during World War II. She says she inhaled paint as an aero-mechanic during the war.

Vena thanks the many outraged viewers who emailed 11 News, and commented about her story on the 11 News web channel and Facebook pages.

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  • by Nugent Location: OM on Jul 23, 2011 at 08:10 AM
    Good for her. This probably would have been a loss to the HOA in court, and they knew it. HOA's have too much power. Like demanding people across our Country take down their American Flags. This is an insult to Americans and the military and our Constitution.
  • by bookerT Location: Mesa County on Jul 22, 2011 at 08:24 PM
    Good for her. Shame on them.
  • by GJ resident on Jul 22, 2011 at 09:49 AM
    I believe our constitution says that all of us are created equal and are guaranteed the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Oxygen would certainly be covered under this. Americans that are too greedy and too bored with their own life go after causes like this to have something to do. The board of the HOA should be jailed over the violations of this woman's civil rights.
  • by Anchorman Location: Grand Junction on Jul 22, 2011 at 08:05 AM
    Always room and time for home adjustments,regardless of living in private home or HOA community. We're very happy with our HOA mng't. company, and our community is much better off for it. Only the low-life, uneducated would put the same label on all HOA communities.
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      by Scotty on Jul 22, 2011 at 08:58 AM in reply to Anchorman
      Lucky you. This poor woman must live where you describe the low lives, uneducated types with no desire to be helpful to others.
  • by JJ Location: GJ on Jul 21, 2011 at 11:18 PM
    Just another example of why I would NEVER NEVER NEVER buy a home withing a HOA, what a bunch of neo facists, self importance puffed up blowhards. I only hope the board members all have to go thru what they put that poor woman thru.
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      by Joan on Jul 22, 2011 at 01:43 AM in reply to JJ
      It is reprehensible that this is what our society has come to. We can be sure that somewhere in this poor woman's plight, the bottom line is the almighty dollar. Clearly, the board see's this woman as a liability and is trying to force her out of her home. I imagine there are several issues going on here. Still, it's disgusting...
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        by Ali on Jul 22, 2011 at 07:24 AM in reply to Joan
        Yes,those who are unconcerned for older people show who they really are to the world. A lack of simple compassion! The HOA would rather spend the residents money fighting something like this than take care of serious business regarding the bldg. Sounds like gestapo tactics to me.
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