The city marshal has served George with a 72 hour eviction notice. On Tuesday 11/2, the marshal will arrive at his doorstep with police back up to remove him and his belongings from the home. Take Back the Land Rochester will stage an eviction blockade at 11am on Tuesday to keep George in his home and make it clear to Wells Fargo that their tactics will not be tolerated. If you are able to join us, the address is 95 Roxborough St., Rochester.
To: Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo: Don't Evict George Douglass from his home!
Withdraw the foreclosure and eviction and work out a fair settlement so George Douglass can stay in his home.
Why is this important?
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.
How it will be delivered
I will email the signatures and stage a press conference