To: Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo, Don't Evict Vet and his Children Before Christmas!

Wells Fargo, Don't Evict Vet and his Children Before Christmas!

I am asking Wells Fargo to call off their planned eviction and negotiate with me to stay in my home.

Why is this important?

My name is Joseph Martinez. I am a United States military veteran, and a single parent of Phillip and Joseph Jr, aged 11 and 4. The Rochester City Marshal has informed me that I will be forcibly evicted from my home as early as December 9th.

On April 1, 2014, I signed a year lease for 189 Alameda Street. Approximately two months ago, I found out that the house I live in was being foreclosed. Despite presenting a copy of my lease to Wells Fargo, I was informed that the bank would be trying to evict me on December 8, and they wanted me to pack up and leave. Not honoring my lease is in direct violation of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009. For me, having a stable home in a positive environment is crucial for raising my children. Having to move would surely create instability. In addition, being so close to Christmas will add additional stress both financially, physically and emotionally.

As a veteran I would expect Wells Fargo to be understanding and support me in my wish to stay at least to the end of the lease. I chose Alameda Street because of the proximity to an excellent school with a great sports program where my son, Phillip, can thrive. One month ago I was given sole custody of Phillip, and being able to provide a stable environment for him was one of the deciding factors for the judge. It would be unfair to my son to have to pack up three weeks before Christmas with no home to move into.

I am asking Wells Fargo to call off the eviction and negotiate with me so that my sons and I have a place to live for Christmas and beyond. If they will not grant my request, I will be working to peacefully defend my home with the help of Take Back the Land Rochester and other members in my community.

How it will be delivered

By email, snail mail, and press conference

Rochester, NY

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Reasons for signing

  • Wells Fargo is just one of the worst banks for foreclosures, and they need to be stopped.
  • I am a veteran also and this is totally wrong!


2014-12-09 03:09:40 -0500

On Tuesday, December 9, at 11:00am Joseph Martinez, Take Back the Land Rochester, and other community members will be holding a peaceful protest at Joe's home at 189 Alameda Street, Rochester, NY 14621 to prevent the eviction by Wells Fargo. Mr. Martinez is demanding the eviction be called off and Wells Fargo enter into negotiations to stay in his home. All are welcome!

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