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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.
paraplegic Needs His HomeAccess for a wheelchair is important when you have a spinal injury. You need wider doorways to enter, and exit all rooms. You also need bathrooms with showers, sinks and toilets that have been modified to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards, along with ADA kitchens having access to food to be able to prepare meals. Bedrooms also have to be ADA accessible. I tried to stay in some hotels and fit through the front door of the room with my wheelchair, but was unable to fit through the bathroom door in the same hotel room. I have lived in my Berkeley, California home since 1987. I was misled into taking a Country Wide A.R.M Loan. Country Wide said they would give me a better loan in 6 months. They never did give me that loan. Shortly after they went out of business and Bank of America assumed my Country Wide loan. Bank of America told me that they couldn’t honor anything that Country Wide had promised to me. They further said that the only way they could help me is if I defaulted on my loan. I believed them at that time. Then Bank of America said they wouldn’t help me and sold the loan to Ocwen. I submitted all the documents that Ocwen requested, like I had done for all the other lenders and then said they couldn’t help me nor would they accept any monthly payments, only the full sum. Ocwen then sent me referrals to speak to HUD and H.O.P.E. After I filled out their forms, and submitted the required documents I was told that Ocwen didn’t participate in government programs. Ocwen then sold the loan to Fay Servicing. Fay then requested documents from me. I requested an email address to correspond with them but they were hesitant. Like all the other lenders, Fay said that phone calls were the only way I could correspond with them. I did finally manage to receive an email address. I emailed them and asked why the payments were interest only payments. I also asked for an accounting for both the principal and interest payment combined. I never received an answer by either email or phone. The next thing I received was a notice of sale date of my home. My parents always said the bank will help you. Where is that help? It should be a loan requirement (law) that the loan agency provide an impartial lawyer to evaluate the numerous pages of the loan contract, and advise you to accept the loan or not. There should be an acknowledgement within the loan document of this process. Put your money in a credit union. THE BANKS ARE CRIMINAL!!!!!!!!!!
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.
Nationstar Don't Evict The El Family From Their HomeThis is a family of 10, one is developmentally disabled, diagnosed with Chiari Malformation disorder and the youngest is 1 month old.The home is close to the hospital where she is frequently hospitalized due to illness.The family had submitted several completed loan modification packages to Nationstar and was waiting for the loan modification to be completed.
Don't evict the family with a child with brain tumors aneurysms and EpilepsyOur child is disabled. The Father Marcus is looking at surgery to repair his clavicle and various agencies are starting to get involved as well as the mother has lost one job and just started at a new job. Give them time to catch up. They have lived in this residence for over 13 years and have always paid the rent until these unfortunate circumstances arose by not any of their faults.
Prevent auction of John and Geral's home on April 29thMy downs syndrome child has lived on this property since he was born. He knows that it is home, can recite his address, and knows how to get home if he ever got lost. He is able to have his two dogs, has a fenced yard, and does not have to worry about traffic. If we have to be relocated, his confusion and lack of understanding could be detrimental in so many ways. As of today, we would be moving into a 24 foot RV that last ran in 2007. We don't know where we would park it at this time. Geral and I were profiled in the award winning documentary, "American Winter." Our friends at American Winter have set up a fundraiser account on Indiegogo.com to help Geral and I save our home. There are other funding raising activities planned but not as much of a consorted effort as Indiegogo yet. I feel humiliated to ask for help but I don't know what else to do. Any help would graciously be appreciated. All the Best to everyone.
Grandma Got Run over by Hometown BankJudy is 72 years old, she is confined to a wheel chair. She signed herself out of a nursing home to go to housing court. Judy thought that she signed a mortgage for a different property, unknowingly she signed a sub-prime blanket mortgage that covered her home as well as the second property. When she got sick and went into the hospital she had no choice to default on the loan thinking that she would lose her investment property. She lost her home as well! All while she was too sick and medicated to do anything about it. Judy's eviction was postponed with a bankruptcy, now hometown bank is taking her to court again to remove the stay so that they can put this disabled old woman on the street.
Wells Fargo: Don't Evict George Douglass from his home!My name is George Douglass. When my wife and I purchased a home in Rochester, NY in February 2008, it was a dream come true. It was to be a haven of stability and security. Yet that dream has now turned into a nightmare. Despite my best efforts, despite ill health, and despite my ability to make payments, Wells Fargo has foreclosed on my home and an order of eviction is in effect. In 2008, my wife and I were both employed by the Hyatt Regency Rochester Hotel where I had been working for eleven years. She was also attending nursing school and we were raising two children. Our lives seemed stable and the future bright. Then in May 2009, like so many others after the banks brought the economy down, I lost my job due to cut backs. I was able to get unemployment and a temporary job that lasted six months, but hard times took their toll. Shortly after the job ended, my wife and I divorced and she moved out of the house. My health declined, the unemployment checks ended, and my wife was no longer there to help pay the bills. Now in my 50's and suffering from health issues, finding employment was a challenge. Looking at hard times ahead, I applied for a loan modification. Nothing came through. I was diagnosed with type II diabetes, severe hypertension, high cholesterol, congestive heart failure, and pulmonary sarcoidosis (the autoimmune disease that contributed to the deaths of Reggie White and Bernie Mac). After bureaucratic delays, I was finally approved for disability. In May 2011 Wells Fargo took over my mortgage and made no effort to work out a plan with me. Only one month later, they opted to aggressively foreclose on my home with the help of the now disgraced N.Y. foreclosure mill attorney Steven J. Baum. Wells Fargo went through hard times, too, but when they were struggling, they received massive bailouts from U.S. treasury, totaling up to $50 billion. Even though my home is on the line, I am not asking for a bailout. I am just asking Wells Fargo to allow me to continue to pay a fair monthly amount so I can remain in my home. I believe this to be both a moral question and an issue of justice. Houses all over Rochester lay vacant and in disrepair due to unjust foreclosures. I will remain in my home. I am asking Wells Fargo to withdrawn the eviction, and am working with Take Back the Land Rochester to launch a public campaign to shine light on Wells Fargo’s unjust practices. I join with them to oppose the mass evictions being carried out after foreclosure by the banks, causing untold suffering to thousands of people and dragging down our communities.