We are not meeting on Thanksgiving day.
Next regular meeting is Thursday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m.
at Old St. John's church, located at 2120 Russell, next to Eastern Market, Detroit. It's just off I-75, and has ample parking -- enter from the parking lot side door. See map. We meet there every Thursday.
Tax meeting for Paramount homeowners & supporters
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2 pm
Paramount homeowners who successfully saved their homes (See their story) are organizing to prevent foreclosures for taxes that the defunct Paramount company didn’t pay, and to hold Wayne County officials to their promise of help.
Other homeowners fighting excessive back taxes and assessments are welcome to join us.
The meeting is at Old St. John's church, located at 2120 Russell, next to Eastern Market, Detroit.
Hearing for Orozco family
Monday, Dec. 2, 9 am
Your presence can support this family in Southwest Detroit as they fight an unfair eviction. Hearing is before Judge Donald Coleman on the 5th floor of 36th district court, 421 Madison St, Detroit.
Sign new online petition vs. eviction of Jerome Jackson.
Find out why, & how else you can help.
We had a wonderful Halloween party
as we continued our vigil against an eviction of the Hernandez family. Lots of candy, food, goodies & great costumes. And the rain didn't dampen our spirits!
Thanks to all for the great rally for Jerome Jackson held Sept. 28
The food cooked by his sister Jettowynne Jones & other activists was plentiful & delicious, the music was great, & the solidarity was inspiring!
A special shout-out to the new people who came out!
We presented Wayne County Commissioners a Resolution at their meeting on Aug. 22 to halt the Sept. & Oct. auctions for owner-occupied homes.
We were back on Thurs. Sept. 12 & presented each Commissioner a list of owner-occupied homes slated foreclosure in his/her district. More.
While they face eviction
|Kriscia Hernandez gave an emotional speech about what her home means to her and why she is standing up to eviction.|
|Homeowner Jerry Cullors & Eviction Defense lawyer Jerry Goldberg testified in Lansing|
|Photo by Terry Hall|
Lansing attack on homeowners!
Governor signed outrageous bills. Find out more.
|At June 15 victory celebration & fundraiser, Urealdene Henderson said that in fighting for her home, "I have 3 P's I go by: Prayers, Phone calls, & Protest!"|
|Photo by Terry Hall|
|Mr. Martinez thanks supporters at June 1 march on Chase Bank.|
|Photo by Daymon Hartley|
Thanks to all who came out in support of these victims of massive fraud.
|Ray Mandry, a vet who has disabilities, now must fight the government he served, which is trying to evict him from his home.
Hear the shocking story of how Bank of America and the federal government are jerking him around, and what he's doing to save his home.
'Tis the season
to evict us?
A passionate call:
Don't evict families over the holidays!
"My fellow citizens, PLEASE BE AWARE that on October 25th, there were thousands of homes auctioned off through Wayne County tax foreclosure auction.
"I am one of those very residents whose home has been auctioned, after numerous failed attempts at trying to work out a fair and reasonable assessment; but Wayne County declined to do so.
"As fortune would have it, within 30 days of my home being auctioned, I am to receive an eviction notice for Thanksgiving, as will many of my fellow neighbors – who too are being evicted for the holidays. At the end of 30 days (which coincidently falls on the Christmas holiday) we will be homeless and in the streets.
"We would only ask, if there exists a spirit of human compassion among anyone reading this letter, we would ask that you immediately write and email the city and county government officials and ask for a moratorium on the removal of individuals from their homes at the beginning of winter and as well of the holiday season.
"We urge the city and county officials who have the authority to intercede to at least temporarily delay this most unfair and inhuman actions."
Your Fellow Citizen
Click here to contact your city council rep, and here to contact your Wayne County Commissioner. Please come to our next meeting (see left column) and Sign up for email alerts as we continue to fight tax foreclosures. What we've done so far.
|Marchers got a warm welcome throughout this Southwest Detroit neighborhood. They rallied at the homes of two families facing eviction.|
|Many thanks to Jim West|
In Southwest Detroit Fri., Nov. 8
50 marched vs. evictions by Fannie Mae!
Vigil at Hernandez home stays strong - join us!
|In September, more than 50 people rallied in support of the Hernandez family.
|In a video by Excellent Schools Detroit, the Hernandez sisters talk about what their home means to them and how the threat of eviction weighs on them. See video.|
Marking the fifth week of our anti-eviction vigil at the Hernandez family home in Southwest Detroit, 50 neighbors and supporters held a spirited march through the neighborhood on Friday, November 8, starting at the Hernandez home. They were warmly welcomed at the home of the Orozco family, which is also threatened with eviction, and got thumbs up-salutes and thank-you's from passers-by, drivers, and local residents and businesses.
All supporters are urged to stop by the vigil at the Hernandez home when you can, to help prevent this senseless eviction, and to contact Fannie Mae. Get the details.
Family threatened by cruel policies
The Hernandez family – Ludim and Gabriela, their three daughters Kriscia, Yelinne, and Litzy (and their puppy) – are determined to stay in the Southwest Detroit home where they've lived for over a decade.
A judge has ordered their eviction, and we're opposing this cruel act with all-day vigils at the Hernandez home, every day. We are urging Fannie Mae to accept a non-profit group's offer to help them regain their home, and we're going after the crook who swindled them out of their life savings.
Facing hard times and job layoffs, the family fell behind on their mortgage payments in 2012, and their home was foreclosed on and sold at sheriff sale to the giant mortgage company taken over by the federal government, Fannie Mae.
They were swindled out of $15,000 they paid to keep home
When they tried to buy back their home during the foreclosure process, the family got fleeced out of their life savings of $15,000 by Kenneth Sandoval, a wealthy Northville man who presented himself as a mortgage representative and is now facing legal charges. More about how Sandoval conned them, and the fight to get back their money.
But even after the family presented a plan to save their home, Fannie Mae ordered the eviction
|Jerome Jackson (center) is always there to help others who face eviction -- including this vigil for the Hernandez family.|
Support Jerome Jackson's fight
To stay in his home
|Sept. 28 musical rally for Jerome Jackson had great food & music, inspiring message!|
Fannie Mae, the giant underwriter of the U.S. mortgage industry, is moving to evict Jerome Jackson from his home in Inkster. Fannie Mae is the same government-owned agency that is threatening to evict the Hernandez family. Jerome has been a leading fighter in Detroit Eviction Defense; Now he needs our support.
Jerome Jackson purchased his home in Inkster in 2004, as part of a nationwide Fannie Mae program targeting people with disabilities for loans that turned out to be predatory. Fannie Mae, Wayne County and the non-profit Community Living Services convinced Jerome and other people with disabilities to buy homes by promising ongoing housing assistance with the mortgage payments. Jerome Jackson did his part, paying his portion of the mortgage each month. And he made many improvements, so his entire home is wheelchair accessible. He's lived there, with independence and dignity, for ten years. Now Fannie Mae and the government have pulled the plug, have stopped all housing assistance payments, and are moving to evict Jackson.
While they face eviction
|When we visited Sandoval's luxury home, we were promised that the Hernandez' money would be returned. It wasn't.|
Taking advantage of the family's desperate need to get their home back after a sheriff's sale, Kenneth Sandoval told them the house was theirs if they signed his bogus documents & paid him $15,000 upfront — the entire Hernandez family’s life savings.
The office of the Nationwide Consulting company he said he worked for is now closed. Sandoval cashed the check and disappeared.
We alerted the State Attorney General, the Detroit Police, and the Wayne County foreclosure fraud unit. Meanwhile the Hernandez family desperately needs the money as they try to buy back their home.
Sandoval lives at 48392 Binghampton Dr. in Northville. if you'd like to visit him.
|45 people threatened with tax foreclosure attended our free legal & organizing clinics Aug. 31 & Sept. 7.|
We helped stop many fall tax foreclosures
But too many families are still threatened with eviction
Of the 42,000 properties foreclosed on by Wayne County this year, it is estimated from 6,000-8,000 "owner-occupied homes" were set to be auctioned off for back property taxes in September and October.
We went door to door to help families apply for help and backed Martha Scott’s Resolution calling on the Wayne County Treasurer to Stop of the Auction of Owner-Occupied Homes..."
Help is still available
If you missed our free clinics, you can still get help. Find out more.
Attend our Thursday meetings (listed on the left). Across the country people are saving their homes by working together.
Tell Fannie Mae: Don't evict Baxter Jones
We took the struggle to stop the eviction of Baxter Jones to Fannie Mae's Chicago offices on Aug. 20. We did get Fannie Mae to talk to us, but they didn't follow through.
|On June 1, in Southwest Detroit, over 75 people marched on Chase Bank to help Gregorio Martinez save his home.|
|Photo by Daymon Hartley.|
Gregorio Martinez gets his home back
Chase Bank officially withdrew the eviction request, and after negotiating with HUD, Martinez is finally taking back his home at a reasonable price.
This was a hard-fought victory. Thanks to everyone who helped protest this eviction!
Campaign to halt Wayne County Auction of owner-occupied homes
Some 6,000 to 8,000 "owner-occupied homes" were slated for auction in Sept. and Oct.
Auctioning off these homes – often owned by the elderly, sick, retired, unemployed, or recently returned to work – means personal disaster for these residents, the transfer of their property to land speculators and/or more blight in our already hard hit neighborhoods.
Wayne County Commissioner Martha Scott’s Resolution before the Wayne County Commission urged “the Wayne County Treasurer stop the auction of 'owner-occupied homes' in September and October, as has been done on previous occasions."
Over $204 million in Federal Funds were finally made available to assist people in need of paying off back property taxes. The funds are distributed through a state program called Step Forward Michigan (stepforwardmichigan.org), and can also help homeowners facing bank foreclosure.
Unfortunately the state didn't get the program up and running until earlier this year. Only about 1700 residents had applied as of June 28.
They need to cut red tape and over restrictive rules to get the relief to the people in need!
United Community Housing Coalition: If you missed our free clinics, you can still visit United Community Housing Coalition at 220 Bagley Ave Detroit, MI. They will help you:
Thousands more need relief
Encourage others to get help to save their homes. We need people in this situation or concerned about this tragedy to come forward to apply for assistance, and/or to help us identify others who should be exempted from the auction. Contact Pat D. at 313-452-9993.
Those wishing to sell buy our homes on the cheap want us to quietly accept the loss of our or our neighbors' homes!
By organizing & helping each other we can save our neighborhoods!
Detroit and Wayne County are stuck in dire economic conditions. But making quick bucks from undervalued sales of homes, often to speculators, actually cost Detroit about $80 million last year. Keeping people in their homes and preserving our neighborhoods is a much better solution.
Each year in Detroit, close to half of all property tax foreclosures are bank owned properties! The banks often REFUSE to pay property taxes, and dump the property on the city. While people who can’t pay due to real problems face loss of their home!
For the first time, the County changed the rules and decided to go after homeowners who recently purchased their property, and whose taxes weren’t paid the current year of purchase. In the past, Wayne County worked with this set of homeowners to negotiate a plan for paying these back taxes. Due to this change, the County may seize the property (called “reversion”) without auction, if the back taxes aren’t paid by the following March 31st.
The #1 Loan Shark Bankrupting Detroit: Bank of America
& got the attention of Local Fox News
A Hurricane Without Water
Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac feed the foreclosure crisis in Metro Detroit
These two federal agencies are now responsible for more than 70% of the foreclosures and evictions in this country!Easy-to-read new report demystifies the complex world of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and shows how they wreck havoc on our homes and our neighborhoods.
Features pictures, charts and plain language, and shows how we can work together to fight their destructive practices.
Download the report here . (It's 5.2M, so give it time!)
47 Paramount homeowners get
deeds to their homes!
Mass eviction halted after we pressured court & Pension Board
|Some of the homeowners & supporters who filled the courtroom.|
Victims of fraud still need relief from taxes Paramount didn't pay