Officials seek justice after elderly woman died homeless

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An 85-year-old Brooklyn woman was laid to rest Saturday as city officials are continuing to ask for justice related to her death.

Joy Noel spent the last months of her life homeless after she was evicted from her Flatbush apartment at The Ditmas Arms in November. She had lived there for more than 20 years.

Noel died last week and community officials believe the stress of homelessness may have led to her death.

The octogenarian told News 12 she was forced out of her home late last year when her landlord Issac Jacobwitz evicted her when she was hospitalized. She returned to her apartment to find someone else living inside living inside.

"Isaac Jacobson and his company did that," said Jumaane WIlliams, a city council member. "She will be alive today if they didn't start these things in motion followed by just pure greed and insatiable lust for money and an uncaring heart about human beings."

Jacobowitz reportedly runs a charity that aids the ill, the elderly and the disabled.

Borough President Eric Adams is now calling on the state's attorney general to investigation Jacobowitz's organization.

Adams released a statement Saturday that said in part that the landlord's "behavior does not represent the values of my mission to create and preserve quality affordable housing for all Brooklyn residents." 

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