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To: Doug Grimm: Owner of Northern Value Group LLC
Northern Value Group LLC: Do not evict Nafeesah Abdullah McReynolds
I could be evicted from my home by Northern Value Group LLC because of an $83/month contract for deed payment, which I stopped paying when I fell into foreclosure. For years, we made payments on the contract for deed. A few months ago, it was sold to Northern Value Group LLC. Now they want to kick us out and "flip" my house for a quick buck.
Throughout the history of this country, the banks have been stealing the resources of the people. It’s time for that to stop. I have fought for justice my whole life, and this is no different. I am not moving out of my home until they come to the table, and work with me and my neighbors.
Why is this important?
My name is Nafeesah Abdullah McReynolds -El, and I live with my spouse in the Central Neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My family is Moorish American. I was born and raised in Chicago. I have five children. After we had our youngest child, we wanted to go someplace different. We all moved to Minneapolis. It was like a breath of fresh air. Now the company that purchased our contract for deed agreement, Northern Value Group LLC, is trying to evict us.
This house belonged to my sister. I remember the moving truck waiting on the avenue for three days with our stuff in it while we looked for an apartment in the middle of winter. I got a job as a bus driver. A few years later, my sister’s health deteriorated. She was going to let the house go. My husband and I took over the payments, caught up on the bills, and have lived in the house ever since.
All of life has been moving from one point to another point. As a child I remember being evicted from apartments in Chicago. I feel secure here. My children grew up in this neighborhood. My eldest daughter’s marriage reception was in Powderhorn Park. I want to stay in my community.
Over the last few years, I have experienced health issues. In 2009, my husband was laid off from his job at General Electric. Since then he has been underemployed. Our payments have never stopped going up. We fell into foreclosure, and I stopped paying on my contract for deed because I felt there was no hope. Now that I've met Occupy Homes MN, I want to fight for my home and a fair negotiation. I am willing and able to pay.
I want Midlands Mortgage to be reasonable, and consider all of the years we’ve been paying for this house. I only owe $24,380 on the principal of my house. I only owe $8,000 on my contract for deed, which I could easily pay if Northern Value Group LLC was willing to negotiate to keep us in our home.