- 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
Tell policymakers: The BeltLine should be for ALL AtlantansWe are in crisis. Atlanta housing costs are on the rise and we are losing affordable units at a staggering rate. Between 2010 and 2014 Atlanta lost 5,300 low cost rental units. Meanwhile, 32,000 people are on the waiting list for public housing. To solve this crisis, we must act now to increase affordable housing supply and protect low-income homeowners and renters. The Atlanta BeltLine was supposed to help with this. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. is a public private partnership launched in 2005. The BeltLine, and its public sector partners and supporters -- particularly the City of Atlanta and Fulton county -- promised that 5,600 affordable units would be built as a part of the project. But almost halfway through its completion, fewer than 1,000 units have been built. Meanwhile, experts estimate that there is need for 10,400 affordable units in the Atlanta BeltLine area alone in the next decade. Not only has the BeltLine failed to build affordable housing, but it has also directly caused housing values near it to rise between 18 percent and 27 percent more than elsewhere in the city. These effects are especially foreboding on the Southside where low-income black communities face the encroaching threat of mass displacement from Beltline development plans that have not even broken ground yet. Neighborhoods along the southwest segment of the BeltLine, which includes Adair Park, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsville, and Westview, saw median sale prices jump 68 percent from 2011 to 2015! With prices on the rise, existing residents will be pushed out. In the Old Fourth Ward where a section of the BeltLine has been completed, we have already seen the destructive reality of mass displacement. The Housing Justice League of Atlanta recently completed a yearlong research project on the human impact of the Atlanta BeltLine, speaking with residents about what this context means for them. Since then we have launched a campaign to turn our recommendations into reality. Pledge your support to the Housing Justice League’s BeltLine for All campaign and tell policymakers you support policies that will ensure development without displacement. Atlanta’s southside communities are fighting for a say in the development process in order to improve and preserve what is best in their communities and stay in the areas they know and love. These neighborhoods have seen broken promises and discriminatory divestment for decades. Recent examples include bypassing community concerns to push through Arthur Blank’s Mercedes Benz Stadium and handing over the redevelopment of Turner Field to Georgia State University and Carter Development without a fair contract with the community in place. “It is time to break this cycle: Communities on the Southside deserve to be a part of the process to shape and determine the neighborhoods where we live,” says Alison Johnson, a Peoplestown resident. Nia Brown, a young adult born and raised in Peoplestown questions the inequitable development process which is currently pushing people out: “I just feel like, why should we have to move outside of our community so that they can make our community better?” Equitability requires low-income residents to be the focus of the project, not an afterthought. The BeltLine development is nearly half done, and its legacy is still up in the air. We need Development not Displacement. It is unconscionable for a city with resources as great as Atlanta’s to stand by and allow the continued extraction of wealth from historically marginalized communities. The City must prioritize human rights and stop funding destructive mega developments with our tax dollars. Renters and low-income homeowners must receive more legal protections and support. We can move forward together and build more just and livable communities. We can heed the warning call of already gentrifying communities to do better for the people living there now and build a BeltLine for All. Gentrification is not inevitable. It is a matter of political will and taking a stand for housing justice. Will you stand with us?
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!
WRI Trying to Evict Single Mother of Eight?!Vaniyah Bath-Ammi is a mother of eight children all of whom live with her at 3614 Caseys Cove, Ellenwood, GA 30294. She has lived there with her family since 2009. Her youngest child is four years old. The house her family has rented and lives in was foreclosed and sold on the courthouse steps in March without their knowledge. The family is facing the prospect of being put out on the street at any time. WRI Property Management, a notorious company known for hardball tactics in dealing with foreclosures, is handling the foreclosue/eviction/ dispossessory process. Vaniyah's experience with WRI has been sunch a nightmare that all she wants at this point is time to find a new safe dwelling for her and ger children.
Don't Allow Abusive Landlords to Illegally Evict Tenants-Support The Trice Family!!!My name is Teressa Trice and I am a tenant at 5644 S. Seeley, with my family: three daughters, son, three grandkids, and partner. I have lived here and paid rent for the past 4 years. The house that was recently quit claimed (transferred) by CHASE to Nidia Mejia, whom is now trying to illegally evict me. When I first moved in I was paying rent to a CHASE bank account, payable in the name of Ahkeva Calvert (Loivse Benson/property manager). Then Ahkeva Calvert communicated that all payments were to be made by either Money Order or Cash directly. We paid but did not get a fair return for our rent because the building has needed a great deal of maintenance to remain livable: electrical, heat and plumbing issues. The landlord’s response to these issues was not sufficient. For example, the issue of electrical problems was met with the landlord’s solution to bring lamps and place them in the home even though safety was a serious issue along with other electrical problems. To remain habitable my family has paid for repairs with no reimbursement. However, many issues were not within our price range. Because some of the issues to the home were demanding, costly and dangerous I made the decision to call 311. After contacting 311, an inspector came out and immediately noted there were many different violations that should have been dealt with before occupancy. Then the city notified Ahkeva Calvert to appear in court where the city city placed liens on the property. If this were not enough, in 2014, I found out the home was in the foreclosure. Apparently, the foreclosure started on 5.18.2012. In the four years we have lived here, our landlord never notified us of this. Landlords are mandated to do so. We continued to pay rent. As January ended, an influx of mail addressed to Ahkeva Calvert from CHASE started to come. I called CHASE’s 1-800 number and talked with a representative about the information regarding foreclosure; no one called back for a follow up. Although we did not know this at the time, the landlord apparently ‘corrected the mortgage’ on 6.4.2013, possibly a modification. Following this, on 11.13.14 the city of Chicago used NHS Redevelopment Corporation (housing non-profit) to take my landlord to court for the housing code violations and liens. In the same day, NHS then transferred the certificate of the house to itself for $10. Although this happened in November 2014, it was not recorded by Chicago’s Recorder of Deeds until 12.5.14. Additionally, the Chicago’s Recorder of Deeds documented a deal between the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and CHASE Bank on 12.8.14. This was a deal where HUD quit claimed (transferred) the home to CHASE Bank for $1 on 11.13.14. The next property recording is also 12.8.14 for a transaction that took place on 6.14.2014, where HUD apparently received the property through the Judicial Sales Corporation on 5.24.2014. Hence, CHASE Banks ability to have the property quit claimed to them from HUD. All of this finds its way to 2015, where CHASE then quit claimed the property to Nidia Mejia, my current landlord, for $10. This transaction took place on 3.11.15, but was not recorded until 4.3.15. Starting in the first week of April, Nidia Mejia and company came to my home and threatened me with an illegal eviction: 48 hour eviction notice. She tried to coerce me and my family to sign illegal documentation to get me out. Nidia also calls me from 7:30am-midnight incessantly everyday asking me to leave within 48 hours. Furthermore, Nidia sits out in front of my house, in her car for hours at a time; once she came onto my porch with a crowd of people trying to gain entry. I have had to call the police to get her to leave, on some occasions. All of this intimidation and harassment continues without any court filings for an eviction. But there is no reason to evict me. I pay my rent. I am a part of the community. I even helped clean up the house, as my house was once used as a gang hang out. I fixed that. If I see things wrong, inducing violence, I call the police. My kids are all in school. We are good community members. Please help by signing the petition and passing along!
Work with us on the relocation and do better for our families!The Woda Group, the new owners of Boynton Village Apartments in Peoplestown, an historic Atlanta neighborhood, is relocating all 50 longtime residents of the complex and their families while they renovate. The owners of the complex receive HUD funds because it is a site based Section 8 property; therefore, there are rules and regulations that must be honored. We, the residents, have tried to communicate our concerns about the relocation, find out about the terms of our re-entry into the property, and voice problems with our treatment by property management on many occasions. We are extremely concerned about how our children are going to be transported to school when we are relocated from our units and need to know if our children are going to be uprooted from their school where they feel safe. We are also very concerned that we will not be allowed to return to our homes after we are displaced. We understand that with Turner Field leaving Peoplestown and the Beltline coming through our community, real-estate is already becoming more valuable. We love Peoplestown and many of us have lived here our whole lives. We are loved and needed here and will not accept displacement. We have a right to understand what conditions will allow us to move back into the property and which will not. We want to be able to understand each document that we will be asked to sign. We have heard that after we move out, some families will not be able to return for one reason or another. This is unacceptable. Property management communicates with us in an unacceptable and hurtful manner. For example, Boynton Village residents received notice in the mail not to call and inquire about our utility checks because the property manager doesn’t have time to answer questions about that and to get off of our lazy bottoms and go find a job. We do not deserve to be talked to in this manner. We deserve our dignity and not to be treated like burdens when the complex is well compensated. Repair request are never done in a timely fashion we are living in very poor conditions. Please sign my petition to help us get a meeting with the Woda Group. We need to be informed about the relocation and we need property management to improve. Our demands are clear, we want: * The guaranteed right to return to our homes after the renovations. * To be treated with dignity and to have our repair requests dealt with in a timely manner. * To have clarity on the details of our temporary relocation and how it will affect our children’s school attendance.