- American Home Mortgage Servicing
- Aurora Loan Services
- Bank of America
- Deutsche Bank
- Fannie Mae
- Federal Reserve
- Freddie Mac
- JP Morgan Chase
- Litton Loan Servicing
- MetLife Home Loans
- Nationstar Mortgage
- Ocwen Loan Servicing
- Other/Not Listed
- People with Disabilities
- PHH Mortgage
- PNC Bank/National City Mortgage
- Saxon Mortgage
- Senior Citizens
- Stage: Eviction Defense
- Stage: Foreclosure
- Stage: In Default
- Stage: Post Eviction
- Stage: Underwater
- US Bank
- Washington Mutual
- Wells Fargo
Atlanta's Renter's State Of Emergency #RenterCrisisATLAtlanta is in a renter’s state of emergency. How many of us have engaged in or overheard conversations with folks in our city about the rising rents and rapidly changing face of our city? Development doesn’t have to be a bad word but what we are seeing in Atlanta right now is the kind of development and wealth extraction that will leave Atlanta totally unaffordable for low and moderate income people. In just a few short years the Old Fourth Ward, home of Dr. King, went from affordable to one of the most expensive places to find new housing in the city, we simply can’t afford this kind of status quo development that leaves renters and low income people behind. Some of the report’s findings include: *Since 2012 Atlanta has lost 5% of its affordable housing every year *95% of Apartments built since 2012 have been considered luxury * 72% of Atlanta neighborhoods are considered gentrified or gentrifying * More than 53% of all renters in the city pay more than 30% of their income on housing, yet many landlords require proof that tenant income exceeds 3x rent We need a movement to build a city that works for everyone, and the release of this report will be the launch of a campaign to push the City and County to begin reigning in unchecked development. The campaign will also focus on renter’s rights, as Atlanta is several decades behind other cities of its size. We hope we count on your solidarity! Real full report here: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/oohatl/pages/53/attachments/original/1468328705/RSOE.pdf?1468328705 Sumary page: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/oohatl/pages/53/attachments/original/1468329040/CDPR.pdf?1468329040
PHILADELPHIA CITY COUNCIL: PUT MORE MONEY IN THE HOUSING TRUST FUNDAfter years of population decline, Philadelphia is once again becoming a more desirable place to live. There is increased development in many neighborhoods which results in rising property values and cost of living. While this development can improve our neighborhoods, these changes have already forced too many people out of their communities. City Council needs to introduce legislation that will grow the resources our city needs for affordable, accessible housing and green space so both renters and homeowners can stay in the neighborhoods we call home. As the housing market rebounds the effects of gentrification are displacing long-term residents. There is increased development in many neighborhoods which results in rising property values and cost of living. The overwhelming majority (77%) of new market rate housing built in the past six years is located in portions of North Philadelphia, South Philadelphia, and West Philadelphia. In these neighborhoods, rising housing costs coupled with stagnant or declining household incomes are straining low-income families’ ability to stay in their homes. The cost for Philadelphia’s families in these gentrifying neighborhoods is real. In North, South and West Philadelphia: 50% of renter households are “housing cost burdened” paying more than they can afford on rent; over 30% of homeowners are also spending too much of their income on housing. Displacement due to rising housing costs is also threatening the diversity of our neighborhoods. In North, South and West Philadelphia, the African American population has dropped 22-29% since 2000. Long-term residents are forced to move away from jobs and social networks. Neighborhood-serving businesses are forced to close as commercial rents increase, leaving many residents without access to basic services and local living-wage jobs. Community gardens and farms, sources of affordable nutrition and places where people gather have also been uprooted. City government must take action to curb the displacement that is destabilizing our communities. This requires adopting public policy that encourages equitable development for homeowners and renters.
HUD: Donate foreclosed, vacant property to neighborhood organizationMy name is Willie Fleming. For the past several years, I have lived at 1401 E. 75th Street Chicago, IL 60619. I am now writing to you because the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) recently attempted to evict me from my apartment. I and the other tenants that live in this building are seeking to contact HUD to ensure that we can continue to live in this building. In 2007, I began renting this building from one of the former owners, Patricia Hill, with plans to work out of it for at least the next ten years. As soon as I moved in, I did my best to make this place not only a comfortable place for me to live, but also a resource for others in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. As this is a mixed-use building, with both residential and storefront business space, I took it upon myself to reach out to local residents to see that it be used for programs and activities that benefited children, single parents, and others in need. By the time that I learned that the building had been foreclosed on in 2008, I had signed subleases with several tenants and local organizations. For a period of time, a food give away drive, a young women’s empowerment program, a youth poetry program, and an adult literacy initiative were all being run out of this building to provide services at no charge for those in the community. All of these efforts ground to a halt in March 2010, when Citibank and HUD began their eviction at the building. Even though we had received no notification about the foreclosure, nor were we given an opportunity to present our lease to the new property owner, we faced repeated eviction attempts that disrupted the constructive work we were doing with local residents. In addition to reaching out to the former owner, Ms. Hill, we also attempted to contact her commercial lender, Citibank, but we were unable to make any headway. In January 2014, my subtenants and I were forced to evacuate the property after the new property owner or its contractors had the heat cut off in the middle of winter. Over the next several weeks, we attempted to return to the property but faced the mounting task of repairing the significant damage that had been done to the pipes, walls, and floors after the building was allowed to freeze. By late February, we had been able to secure the property and begin making repairs. This process of making repairs to the property continued until June 2014, when we found that a contractor from Safeguard Properties LLC had, without any notification to use as the tenants, begun removing our items from the property. After notifying the contractor of our tenancy and contacting the police, they were forced to stop, but Safeguard ultimately refused to honor our claim for the items that had been taken from the property. Since August 2014, my subtenants and I have worked to make extensive repairs to the interior and exterior of this building, spending over $20,000 to address the damage done after the heat was cut, the pipes burst. Not only did we prevent it from being left as a vacant property, we also hired local tradesmen to make the repairs and convinced them to hire local youth to learn from them on the job. Ultimately, we hoped that the repairs that were made to this property might serve as an example for other organizations in how to address the growing problem of vacant properties and youth homelessness on the South Side of Chicago. On April 1st, 2016 the Cook County Sheriff executed an old eviction order. However, tenants still remained in the property because they did not have alternative safe, decent and habitable housing. These tenants have documented work on the repairs of this property as well as an extensive documented record of volunteerism with multiple organizations as they battle unemployment and the lack of labor force participation. In spite of these facts, they face continued threats of arrest for trespassing and theft of their property by the property preservation company.
Approve Short Sale of Hartrey 2 flat so 9 Tenants May Stay in their Home.The House on Hartrey is important to its residents & the community for many different reasons. First & foremost is the youth. The 3 children living on the first floor have recently transferred to Evanston Schools from CPS this year & would most likely be displaced into another school district to the dismay of their caring mother. Their father, Daniel Guillen, who runs a local handyman service providing for the community, would no longer have the space needed for the tools, truck & equipment required for his work. The Guillen's regularly have extended family gatherings in their apartment & the large yard. The Professional Handyman School of Evanston, a 4 year apprenticeship program teaching all aspects of residential remodeling, uses the property as its primary facility. Thomas, who has a background in house painting, video production, & music is the newest apprentice & coordinates the gardening of 11 raised beds. "I came to the Hartrey House a few months ago when I was going through a break up. After bouncing around on couches & sleeping in my car with my dog Ruby because I couldn't lease a place due to the fact that it is very hard to find a dog friendly place & also the amount of money it cost for rent & security deposit, I found the Hartrey which was very affordable. I call it "Heart-Tree" because its full of love & it branches out through the community like a tree. Its been a life changing blessing & has allowed me to have shelter for Ruby & myself. Also to be able to contribute to the community through efforts we have going is something I truly enjoy whether it be in the garden, or watching one of the visiting dogs or helping Kevin on a job, all the projects benefit humankind & the neighborhood in some way which I am a big advocate of." Another service provided for the community is Logical Lodging, LLC which provides short term pet friendly, furnished, lodging and utilities for professionals, academics, & others who are on the move or otherwise not in a position to sign a lease for an apartment. Emilio, another roommate of Hartrey & dog owner "Staying here at Hartrey was not only the most affordable option but also surprisingly rewarding for me & Pinkie. I get to hang out with dogs, cool people, have family over, and help take care of visiting dogs through Logical Lodging" Izzy, auto body detailer & room mate living at the Hartrey has reduced his commute to work by half allowing him much needed rest time after long hours put in the shop where he is also rebuilding his own truck. Kevin Keeler owner, room mate, entrepeneur & journeyman tradesman "the building is essential for the growth of the individuals here as well as both business'. I've invested hundreds of hours of repair & remodeling into the property. I would like to see the building continue to be an home for even more people and dogs in the community as well as those passing through. I am open to contributions of time & energy from creative persons interested in the property. The experience of defending against this attempted foreclosure has empowered me with a new and much deeper appreciation of the incredible power of the law." In addition, the large permaculture community garden project is a key aspect of the Hartrey. 11 full size, raised garden beds provide organic gardening opportunities, feeding the residents as well as some neighbors. In conjunction to the garden, there have been several Potluck gatherings to bring together artists, musicians, and people interested in organic gardening to discuss furthur plans & ideas to benefit the community as a whole.
City Hall, URA, SEA: Low Income Housing for the Lower Hill!Bottom line. Rents are too damn high and wages are too damn low! In Pittsburgh there is an affordable housing crisis. This crisis is most severe for families and households who have very low and extremely low incomes. Black families and households are being forced out of the City in large numbers because of the lack of affordable housing for lower income families In Pittsburgh, over the last four decades politicians have promised a city that would be economically and racially diverse. But one mayor after another has accelerated existing class- and race-based inequities. Public housing complexes have been demolished; project-based Section 8 units are at risk of termination; and unemployment continues to skyrocket in many parts of the city. Some call Pittsburgh the most livable city in the United States but it is also the place where Black people rank 2nd from the bottom for economic opportunity. The current policy of the City of Pittsburgh is the forced migration of black people from Pittsburgh to the suburbs. In 1980 there were 100,000 black people in Pittsburgh. In 2010 there were 80,000 black people in Pittsburgh. We lost 20,000 black people. What happened? St. Clair Village 900 families gone … Arlington Heights 31 buildings -> 9… Addison Terrace is demolished displacing over 400 families. ... People who move can't find affordable housing in Pittsburgh. The City of Pittsburgh has a duty as a recipient of CDBG funds to affirmatively further fair housing choice. The City’s AFFH obligation includes the duty to provide opportunities for inclusive patterns of housing occupancy regardless of race, and this duty extends to all of the City’s housing activities. Zoning and other land use laws have a major influence on housing. These regulations govern where housing can be built, the type of housing that is allowed, the form it takes and many other factors. Land use regulations can directly or indirectly affect the cost of developing housing, making it harder or easier to accommodate affordable housing. It is unusual that zoning ordinances are written to openly discriminate, but in many cases, the unintended consequences of certain regulations are to limit housing choice, or otherwise reduce opportunities for fair and affordable housing.
Philadelphia City Council: Put more money in the Housing Trust FundAfter years of population decline, Philadelphia is once again becoming a more desirable place to live. There is increased development in many neighborhoods which results in rising property values and cost of living. While this development can improve our neighborhoods, these changes have already forced too many people out of their communities. City Council needs to introduce legislation that will grow the resources our city needs for affordable, accessible housing and green space so we can stay in the neighborhoods we call home. As the housing market rebounds the effects of gentrification are displacing long-term residents. There is increased development in many neighborhoods which results in rising property values and cost of living. The overwhelming majority (77%) of new market rate housing built in the past five years is located in portions of North Philadelphia, South Philadelphia, and West Philadelphia. In these neighborhoods, rising housing costs coupled with stagnant or declining household incomes are straining low-income families’ ability to stay in their homes. While this development can improve our neighborhoods, these changes have already forced too many people out of their communities. The cost for Philadelphia’s families in these gentrifying neighborhoods is real. In North, South and West Philadelphia: 50% of renter households are “housing cost burdened” paying more than they can afford on rent; over 30% of homeowners are also spending too much of their income on housing. Displacement due to rising housing costs is also threatening the diversity of our neighborhoods. In North, South and West Philadelphia, the African American population has dropped 22-29% since 2000. Long-term residents are forced to move away from jobs and social networks. Neighborhood-serving businesses are forced to close as commercial rents increase, leaving many residents without access to basic services and local living-wage jobs. Community gardens and farms, sources of affordable nutrition and places where people gather have also been uprooted. City government must take action to curb the displacement that is destabilizing our communities. This requires adopting public policy that encourages equitable development that is inclusive of all of us.
HELP: 73 Year Old Veteran with Stage 4 Cancer Being Foreclosed and EvictedThe last lyrics to our beloved National Anthem, are, “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” It is often said that we are free because of the brave men and women that risk their lives serving in the United States military. My Dad is one of those brave men. During the tumultuous Vietnam era of the 1960s, my Dad admirably served his country and volunteered for the United States army. When his country needed him most, my Dad didn’t run. He stayed and risked his life for a free America. Sadly, now that he needs it most, America isn’t helping my Dad. My Dad is now 73 years old, battling Stage 4 colon cancer, and facing the real possibility of being homeless. Before his diagnosis, he had a mortgage. Banks over-inflated the value of his home, to inflate the market and line their pockets with money that wasn’t really there. Eventually the bubble burst along with the economy and the value of homes plummeted. Like many other Americans, the home he purchased was no longer worth anywhere near the amount of the mortgage. It was during this time that my Dad was diagnosed with cancer, which is a very expensive illness to treat. He could no longer afford to make payments on his home. He went to the bank for assistance, for a loan modification, for something to keep him from being homeless. My Dad wasn’t asking for a free ride. He was only reaching out for some help until he could get his feet back on the ground. Despite his desperate pleas, StateBridge and their investors known collectively as Encore Trust would not help my Dad, instead choosing to rip his house from under him. On June 8th, StateBridge bank and Encore Trust (with the help of the Kendall County Sherrif’s Department) will physically remove my Dad from his home, leaving him homeless. My Dad will not vacate the premises because a soldier doesn’t cut and run. America is free because of brave men like my father. When his country needed him, he didn’t run, he served. Now he needs America. We can not let him down.
STOP WELLS FARGO AND GRAY AND ASSOC. FROM TAKING OUR HOMES DAWN PENNALAI am a single mom of minor children. I have been in my home for 19 years. I take care of other children in my home as well. I own a 2 businesses in my home. I have clients everyday. I am working 3 jobs. I am part of the school JA mentoring tutors in my home. I have been paying my mortgage and chapter 13 payments when you illegally wrongfully put my home into sheriff sale and eviction!
HALT THE EVICTION AND SUPPORT THE HOMELESS OF SANCTUARY VILLAGE IN ROCHESTER, NYOn Friday, December 19, the City sent in a team of workers to dismantle Sanctuary Village. Despite a promise to not force eviction until December 28 (They wanted the homeless to disappear before the downtown New Years Eve fireworks), they went back on their word, bulldozed all the belongings of many homeless residents of the village and put their few earthly possessions in a giant dumpster. Truly a sickening site. Many homeless were tricked into leaving their tents for the weekend (by obtaining 2 days of shelter in a hotel offered by the county) knowing that their belongings would still be in their tents for the week. This was not so. 4 homeless risked their lives by staying in their tents. The others lost all they had. For some moving details, go to the following link for some powerful video of the heartless destruction, as well as moving pleas by Sr. Grace of the House of Mercy, and Ryan Acuff. http://rochester.indymedia.org/node/104412 In August 2014, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks took the drastic step of shutting down the de facto shelter of over 30 years at the Civic Center Garage where 30-50 homeless people found refuge from the harsh elements on any given night. This could have been a positive move if alternative shelters or permanent housing for the chronic homeless were made available. Instead this action amplified an already dire situation for the homeless who were put out in time for winter with no alternatives in place. After more than 18 months of negotiations with both the County and City officials by members of the House of Mercy and St. Joseph's House of Hospitality, Monroe County government continues to praise themselves for their homeless services while scores freeze in the cold. The City of Rochester refuses to repeal §120-64. of Ordinance No. 2012-363 of the zoning code which prohibits homeless shelters downtown. The message is clear, downtown is open for business but closed for homeless. We are coming together to call for the end of the criminalization, harassment, and abuse of the homeless. and an end of the war on the poor. We calling for a Homeless Bill of Rights, which is a historic opportunity for the City of Rochester to distinguish itself as a model of municipal foresight and compassion. We are also calling for the recognition and the right to housing for all in the city of Rochester and Monroe County. These demands are backed by international laws such Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), and Article 5 of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).
Fannie Mae: Don't Evict Jeff, Negotiate! [Eviction 11/18 @ 10AM]My name is Jeffery Nelson Solivan and I live at Edgemont St in Springfield Massachusetts, where Fannie Mae is trying to evict me from my home after foreclosure. I have lived in my home since October 24, 2007. FNMA has scheduled an eviction on my home for Tuesday November 18, 2014 at 10:00AM. I am asking for your support to demand and urge Mel Watt and Fannie Mae to consider again my offer to rent the property using the affordable housing voucher I have, which is in line with the Federal Government’s [HUD] standards for affordable housing. In 2007 when I bought my home, I was told by the bank that I would get a straight loan because my credit was good. Once things were underway with the real estate agent, Acuna Real Estate, we went to purchase the property for $85,000. I went and signed my paperwork so that I could move into the house. I had been led to believe I would have one loan with one interest rate. Being a first time homebuyer I was so excited to be able to purchase my first home at a price that I thought would work for me. After I signed all of the paperwork, I found out that Bank of America fixed me into two loans, even though I thought I was only getting one. One was for 80% and $68,000 on which I was given a fixed rate 30-year mortgage at 6.75%. But on a second 20% loan, for $17,000 they fixed me into a 9% interest rate. When I bought my home in 2007 I had a good job working for Friends of the Homeless as an intake staff. In 2008, a new director came in and I was released from my job without explanation. I had to go on unemployment, but unemployment eventually ran out. I had also been married, but things went awry in my marriage, and we ended up getting a divorce. In the meantime, after I lost my job and once unemployment ran out, I have had times that I have had no income. I’ve tried to get aid for the elderly, but the amount provided was not enough to be able to pay for housing. Combined with going through the stuff with the property and not being able to find work I fell into a deep depression, and there were many days that I thought about ending my life and my career. I’ve started going to therapy one to two times per week, which is helping, but my mental health and state of mind is making it very difficult to find work. I would much prefer to work than to be on social security, but I’ve been forced to try and live on a very small amount of money. In addition to my mental health, I've had other medical conditions. I have heart trouble and suffered a heart attack in 2006. I now have a stent in my heart. I have been diagnosed with diabetes & high blood pressure. September 22, 2013 I was struck by a car on the corner of my street further adding to my health conditions. Since February 2013, I have been receiving Social Security which is giving me a steady income of $776 per month. I am willing to use some of that to be able to stay in my home and prevent another property from becoming vacant on the street. There are already 8 other vacant properties, at least 5 of them are owned by banks after foreclosure. I moved to Springfield on February 7th of 1967. Growing up in Springfield, I went to school here. I’ve worked in my community my whole life. Through working at a homeless shelter I have gotten to know many people. I stay involved in the community to plant seeds and support people all over, from youth to adults, in changing their lives through faith and god. Owning my own home, people in the neighborhood have asked me to help do landscaping work all over my street, because I used to be able to keep my home up so well. Together we’ve been able to build a good community to live in in Pine Point. I am part of the Springfield Bank Tenant Association. We are collectively opposed to the mass evictions being carried out by the banks after foreclosure. If necessary we are prepared to organize an eviction blockade and my neighbors are prepared to stand with me to fight any attempt to evict me by Fannie Mae,
Help Me Keep My Deceased Mother's HomeMy Mother was an Educator, Counselor, Teacher and Vice Principal within the Los Angeles Unified School District for over 45 years. She proudly dedicated her life to helping others, yet was too proud to ask for help herself. When I found out my mother was ill, we spoke about her home. She told me she was sorry as she cried in my arms. I told her it was not her fault and that she did the best she could. I made a promise to her that I would work this out... within two weeks she was dead. The Lender knew she would not live to pay the refinance off as she was deemed uninsurable after suffering two previous strokes. She died blaming herself, not understanding that she was purposely targeted and preyed upon by predatory loans. I did not understand how a 78-year old terminally ill woman was given a loan for fifteen years. It boggles the mind of the reasonable person. My only option at that time was to manage the situation by refinancing and attempt to pay off her mortgage. The death of my mother and the stress of fighting for my family's home has been a nightmare. During April of 2008, I had a six-inch tumor removed that was interfering with the function of my kidneys and liver. I have also had a series of medical conditions causing high medical bills and loss of income. My family has suffered so very much during this 1,885 day process. We have been disrespected, insulted, lied too, misled. I was laughed at and told, “You people think it's okay not to pay your Mortgage” by a Wells Fargo Home Preservation Specialist. I was willing to pay an affordable mortgage and keep my promise to my mother's dying wish for her grandchildren and unborn great grandchildren to be able to own and keep our home. I was promised by Wachovia I would have a modification within 120 days. To date, I have submitted paperwork repeatedly for the past 1,885 days. In the 30+ years I have lived in the Crenshaw area, I have witnessed my community suffer so many injustices from racial profiling, the “Cash Cow” attitudes of the Banks and their auto insurance companies, I witnessed my neighbors being slowly priced out of our community through “gentrification” and the vicious trick bag that is the “Pick-a-Pay” option offered by Wells Fargo Bank, who claims to “stand by our community” yet prove by these actions and exploiting practices that they are NOT. I have seen so many people lose there homes. Not knowing which way to go like a deer caught in headlights as ruthless sharks try to “flip the property” within 60 days and steal that family's future (equity) knowingly providing loans that are toxic to the homeowner yet very profitable vertically and horizontally for the banks. The current state of the modification process is like asking a fox inside of a chicken coop, “What should he do with the chickens?” Unfortunately history has already shown us the answer to that. I love my community. It is important for us not to be invisible. Many have just walked away from their futures in silence and without hope, and conditioned to simply “put up with it”. Home Defenders League has directed a online campaign against Wells Fargo CEO, John Stumpf demanding that Wells Fargo end foreclosures, work in good faith to keep families in their homes and provide reasonable load modifications that include principal reduction. We also demand the stop of blocking communities like Richmond, CA from enacting their own programs to combat the foreclosure crisis. “The issuing power of currency shall be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it rightfully belongs. The “Economic Tapeworm” behavior must STOP! Right here, right now” Sincerely, Athena Jackson “For years, cities and communities of color were targeted by predatory lending practices and sold toxic sub-prime mortgages, resulting in a foreclosure crisis. Now those same cities that were targeted by predatory lending should be able to consider their full range of options to rescue homes from foreclosure, and to stabilize communities that are facing blight because of discriminatory lending practices”. - Udi Ofer, Executive Director of the ACLU of New Jersey. “We have already seen what unchecked corporate greed can do to communities, Many of us are still fighting to keep our homes and stay in the communities we love after the harm done by Wall Street. The federal government has a responsibility to protect our right to housing—not to help sell our homes to the highest bidder.” - Gisele Mata, California Community Organizer “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around (these banks) will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered”. - Thomas Jefferson
Help Liberate the House On Ridge/Ayude a Liberar la Casa de RidgeJorge Ortiz and his family have lived in the liberated house on Ridge since 2012. It is both a political space and a home. The multi-generational family that resides in the house has created a space that is welcoming to the larger community and a testimony to Zapata's idea that the land belong to those that work it/ "la tierra es de quien la trabaja." With the help of community members, gardens were recently installed, which will produce food for the neighborhood. Film screenings, musical events, and community meetings also take place regularly in this home. It is the hope of the Calivillo-Ortiz family, Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction, and the Centro Autónomo that the home be donated to the Casas del Pueblo Community Land Trust so that the family can stay in the home and so that the house can keep serving the community.