PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Portsmouth’s “Tepee Man” has spent two nights in a motel thanks to the generosity of another man and a newspaper as he waits for a cash advance on some of the $550,000 the city agreed to pay him for his property.

Wayne Elliott, who lived in a tepee next to his home for more than two years to honor of his late wife, says a neighboring development caused his property to flood.

Elliott signed a purchase and sale agreement with the city in October to transfer ownership of his property. The check hasn’t arrived.

The Portsmouth Herald reports Elliott was sick on Monday and his home had no heat or hot water.

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