- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - An assisted living facility in Vermillion is closing in a few weeks because its owners can’t afford the cost of necessary upgrades.

Eleven people live in the home, Vermillion Assisted Living, and some are worried about where they will go. David Hansen told KELO-TV that he’s battling liver cancer, and he’ll be forced from his home the day after his next chemotherapy appointment.

“They took a chunk of my heart out,” he said. “This has been like a home to me.”

Residents were told last week that they have to move out of the facility by Dec. 17, and then the building will officially close at the end of the month. The staff has been trying to help residents find new homes before the deadline.

Stephanie Baysinger moved into the home just over a month ago. She said she and her fellow residents are upset about losing their home and worried about finding new living arrangements on such short notice.

“I am scared, but I believe I will be able to find a place to go. I am just worried if I will be able to do that. If not, I could end up homeless,” Baysinger said.

Brad Halver of Bare Assets LLC, the company that owns the home, told the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan that the company followed state guidelines and the residents were given proper notice.

The company said in a statement that a state inspection in November uncovered building deficiencies that it can’t afford to fix. Bare Assets did not release a cost estimate.

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