Sounds to me the poor women was having problems, maybe being evicted from her home for what ever the reason. The landlord sold the property or maybe the local planning board in their corrupt wisdom declared eminent domain and condemned her property to make way for some bright new future. Happens all the time.
I once photographed a farm that was published. A few years later I got a call from the owner who asked for some prints. Sensing a potential problem, I charged her only cost for the prints. She later said that I should have asked for permission. People are very touchy these days and for good reason.
Rights work both ways, the photographers rights and the property owners. If you published without a property release, you could get sued and loose.