OMAHA(KPTM)--Kittye Ellis moved to Omaha just after surviving Hurricane Katrina. She found an apartment and moved in with her single bag of luggage.
She's been in the Carberry Apartments near 40th and Dodge Streets ever since.
Now she and everybody else are being forced out.
"It's hurting how it was done," said Ellis.
The tenants received a letter on Saturday telling them the owners wants to do renovations on the buildings. They only have until the end of the month to get out.
"How are you supposed to pick up six years and move on like it's nothing?" asked Ellis.
Another person offered a solution for the owner. He says one of the buildings only has two apartments filled.
"They could be doing work, the company could be doing work to renovate without us having to be removed from the apartment," said Chris Sianis.
Many in the building don't have family to help move and are on fixed incomes.
Finding a new place means having to pay a new deposit on top of new rent next month.
Most of them say they can't come up with that money in less than a month. Others say even finding a place in that span of time is going to be difficult, particularly for the people with pets.
For many still, what makes it worse is the timing.
"If this had been another month other than December, it wouldn't be an issue, but this is Christmas time and that's a very special time for the family. I feel he's denying the people, the tenants in these buildings from enjoying a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas," said Sianis.
"There's no Christmas in my sight, you know?" said Ellis.
The owner of the building lives in San Francisco. The company did not return calls for comment.
But the owner of the managing company said none of the tenants had called with complaints and that if they had he would have already tried to work something out with the owner.
One person in the building said she emailed the managing company Monday and has yet to receive a reply.