- 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
BARNETT CAPITAL, LTD: WORK WITH TENANTS AND GIVE THEM A YEAR LEASEWith a sharp increase of corporations buying up rental properties in neighborhoods across the United States, renters everywhere are standing up for their rights. All tenants deserve dignified homes and that means that corporate landlords must make necessary repairs for that to happen. Furthermore, all tenants deserve a sense of security in their homes, rather than the uncertainty of a month to month tenancy. Supporting these tenants who have organized to ensure that corporate landlords like Barnett Capital maintain the property and guarantee secure tenancies for all, is a step forward for all tenants. ¿Por que es importante esta lucha? Con el incremento dramático en la cifra de compra de propiedades por corporaciones en barrios a lo largo de EEUU, inquilinos en todos lados están afirmando y defiendiendo sus derechos. Todos los inquilinos merecen hogares dignos y eso significa que los propietarios corporativos deben asegurarse que las reparaciones necesarias se lleven a cabo. Todos los inquilinos merecen un hogar estable, en vez de la incertidumbre de un arriendo de mes a mes. El apoyar a estos inquilinos quienes se han organizado para asegurar que propietarios corporativos tales como Barnett Capital mantengan sus propiedades en buenas condiciones y garanticen arriendos seguros para todos y todas, es un paso adelante para todos los inquilinos.
Keep Detroiters in Our Homes—No Unjust Tax Foreclosures• There are 37,000 occupied homes being foreclosed on March 31, 2015, for overdue property taxes representing perhaps 100,000 people. • Many Detroiters are being foreclosed on due to incorrect tax bills reflecting exaggerated property assessments and disputed water bill liens. Whereas other cities allow year-round reassessments, Detroiters have only 2 weeks each year to request property tax reassessment. • No unjust foreclosures on owner-occupied properties—keep people in their homes!
Bank of America needs to let us keep renting our Foreclosed Home of 7 yearsWe are Both Disabled.We have been paying "Use and Occupancy" payments since February 2012.We need a new agreement to start on May 1, 2013 when our current "Use and Occupancy" agreement ends so we do not have to move. Our home is in "OFF Market" status and is NOT For Sale.Bank of America,aka U.S Bank N.A. does not hold the Note to our home.The Title still remains in my name.The home also lost 75% of it's value since 2006. I have applied for Public Housing and we are on many lists with little hope of obtaining housing as most Towns have either closed their waiting lists or simply have too few units to house the number of people that have been displaced by Foreclosure. The Mortgage was part of the Countrywide assets purchased by Bank of America,U.S. Bank N.A. . Bank of America,U.S. Bank N.A. has received more than 1 TARP Bailout for these homes.They were more than happy to take the money from the Government and refused to work with us because SSDI & SSI do not seem to be considered "income" even though the money comes from the U.S. treasury which paid Bank of America,U.S. Bank TARP monies for these Toxic Assets. We pay "Use and Occupancy" to the Legal Representatives for Bank of America,U.S. Bank .We are not living here for Free and what we pay is above and beyond what we should even have to pay considering that we are on fixed incomes.We put our Life Savings as a down payment and when the ARM rate rose we simply could not carry on.We were told that once we closed on the home our mortgage would be changed to a "Conventional Mortgage" and we have the paperwork to prove this,however Bank of America,U.S. Bank refuses to work out a refinance and we have been passed from one person to another only to hear that the Disability payments are not considered income which is Discriminatory to persons with Disabilities. We are both on Long-Term Disability and are not physically able to work.One of us is crippled and can no longer walk without assistance, has lost over 75% use of her hands, has Cancer & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.We are both in our late 50's and in declining health.We need to know that we will have a roof over our head for at least another year. Every time we have to negotiate another "Use and Occupancy",we are always told that Bank of America,U.S. Bank N.A. will not allow us to stay here and we have had to plead with their agents each time it comes to renew this agreement.The house is not on the market,and not listed for sale so there is no reason not to let us keep our "Use and Occupancy " agreement for at least a year.We have no where to go.We have no Family or Friends that can take us in and we have done everything we can to find Public Housing.Many Towns in MA. have NO public housing (such as the one we live in) or as few as 4 units to meet the minimum requirement.The demand outstrips the supply.There simply is No Public Housing available and the wait lists are very long,many with a 5 year wait.We have been on wait lists for several years and unless people move out of Public Housing,we have no choice except to continue living here.We need a solution to stay in our home or it will just add up to another abandoned property that no one will want.Our well is contaminated like most of the Town which is why no one has even looked at the home. The home has no clear title and would be impossible to sell .We want the Legal Representatives of Bank of America,U.S. Bank N.A. to give us a Year of "Use and Occupancy" with the option of renewing it after a year.After all,they have been more than happy to take our money every month so there is no reason that this agreement cannot continue. It would be a hardship to move because of our Disabled status.We don't even have the ability to pack our belongings and leave.The home is in a secluded area that would most likely be vandalized if left vacant since it's off the road.It is in the Banks' best interest to have responsible tenants here to have someone in the home to make sure this does not happen. Please let us stay in our home of 7 years and continue to pay rent under a "Use and Occupancy" agreement of a year with an option to renew.This is causing undue stress that is making our health matters worse.I'm a Diabetic with limited range of motion. Please don't let us become homeless.There is a very easy solution to this problem.When a house goes vacant,the Town loses the tax revenue and that is having a very negative effect on the Country.Empty homes represent lost tax revenue-period! It's time to start looking at this problem from the perspective of the 'small man". Please Negotiate with us to let us stay in our home.We need a solution by May 1st, 2013.Please stand with Occupy Our Homes! Thank You, Roger Dantes & Debra Pinkham 30 Bare Hill Rd. Boxford MA. 01921
Wells Fargo,LSI, Carrington unoccupy Donessa Horsewood home.This is the first home I ever purchased by myself. The home was literally purchased by me with "blood money". I almost died in an operation due to a doctor miscalculating a blood thinner during my surgery. I spent 2 months in Intensive Care and was permanetly disabled requiring continual surgery to this date.I purchased that home with money I received from a settlement. However I will never get physically better only worse. I paid for that home with "blood money". I am in pain everyday. Now no doctors will operate on me as it would be almost certain I would die in that surgery. I can no longer afford the payments in the home I am in. I need to move back home for the support and help I need physically by my family there. But I am afraid to move there for fear the sherriff will come and evict me even though we are still in the appeals process.
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.
Support a Community Benefits Agreement for the Turner Field CommunitiesFor fifty years, the communities surrounding Turner Field have been neglected, an almost forgotten footnote in Atlanta’s race to prove it is the “city too busy to hate.” Once thriving neighborhoods fell victim to the economic priorities of others: busy interstates divided communities and families; stadiums rose and fell, flooding communities with crime and raw sewage; local schools were neglected and underfunded; and promises for positive development were as empty as the scores of parking lots that litter the area. Now, there is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change all this. It’s called the Turner Field Community Benefit Agreement (CBA). A Community Benefits Agreement is a legally-binding contract with the developer that describes mutually-agreed and enforceable goals for the development project. This agreement is driven by local residents and the over 40 community organizations that make up the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition, which Occupy Our Homes Atlanta is a member of. What would a CBA mean for our communities? A world of difference–for everyone. A well implemented CBA could alleviate flooding; improve transportation and create new public space; provide jobs for residents and create opportunities for training, education and services for people of all ages; create housing for people of all incomes and prevent displacement of existing residents; and make our streets and communities safer and cleaner, while providing places to shop for people in the neighborhood. Your support now can bring real and lasting change. Can we count on you? We need to demonstrate how powerful a Community Benefits Agreement could be for our communities and the developer. And the best way to do that is to show how many people support a CBA. Please add your name to our petition, then spread the word!
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.
BARNETT CAPITAL LTD: DON’T DISPLACE TENANTS FROM THEIR HOME AND HISTORYOur struggle is important not just because of our individual struggle as tenants against Barnett Capital, but because of the gentrification of our working class neighborhood of Albany Park. Thousands of tenants have been priced out of our neighborhood due to greedy speculation by corporations like Barnett Capital. Families living in the neighborhood for decades have to move away from their friends and extended family, their children's schools, their social networks, their community centers, their churches, all because of developers’ and speculators’ desire for profit. Because of gentrification, tenants are displaced from the place they call home. By struggling for our right to stay in the neighborhood at an affordable rent, we are forming part of the larger neighborhood struggle against gentrification. The community has power when we organize ourselves! Please join us, ally with us, be in solidarity with us, by signing this petition!
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.
Bush Company: Stop the Displacement of 302 Families!The owners of Museum Square apartments have tried everything to get 302 low-income families, mostly Chinese and African American, to move out and make way for luxury housing. The Bush Company, notorious for the destruction of low income apartments in downtown Washington DC, plans to demolish Museum Square and replace it with 825 high-rise luxury condos for the 1%--exactly what DC does not need, in face of an unprecedented housing crisis. “We are rallying to save our homes,” says resident leader Jenny Tang. “The owner has made plenty of money from us, and can continue to make it without putting us on the streets. We hope the owner will change his mind and preserve our homes for the younger generation, a place to stay for our children, that’s what we want!” First, the owners tried to get around tenants’ opportunity to purchase the 302-unit, building by offering it to residents at a price of $250 million dollars, or $800,000 per unit! When tenants banded together to sue the landlord over this unrealistic price, they were given 180-day notices and told to leave. When a judge ruled in favor of the tenants, agreeing that $250 million is far beyond a reasonable price, the owners gave notice that they plan to end the section-8 contract, which keeps the units affordable for low income tenants. Throughout all of this, tenants have organized and taken every step possible to preserve their homes at Museum Square. Museum Square is home to over half the remaining Chinese population in Chinatown, and many other long-term residents. Chinatown has numerous linguistically accessible services and organizations—churches, clinics, community centers and more—for the Chinese speaking population at Museum Square. Many residents are elderly and would face enormous hardship if they had to move. PLEASE SUPPORT TENANTS FIGHTING TO SAVE ALL 302 AFFORDABLE UNITS IN THEIR BUILDING! SIGN THE PETITION; DEMAND THAT BUSH COMPANIES RENEW!