I was literally just about to write an update on a widow from Atlanta who would soon be facing eviction from her home after being turned down for a home loan modification recently, when the above livestream went "live." If you've never attended an "Occupy our Homes" action, or done any sort of community outreach work that put you in contact with a family about to go through an eviction - or faced eviction yourself - get yourself a box of kleenex before you get too comfortable.
But don't be too upset, I've got something that you can do to help the very people you're about to see kicked out of a home that has been in their family for four generations.
How you can help:
“Mrs. Christine Frazer, a 62 yr old widow, and four generations of the Frazer family are being kicked out of the place they have called home since 1994. Mrs. Frazer refinanced her home in 2001; but after losing her husband in 2002, taking in her elderly mother in 2003, losing her job in 2009 due to a “no-fault, one-minute-late tardy policy,” and being denied unemployment after two appeals, she was left with no way to pay her mortgage. Her attempts to re-modify her loan due to excessive financial hardship outside of her control were outright denied by the lender. Mrs. Frazer’s home was foreclosed on in October of 2011 after faithfully paying her mortgage for over 15 years! Investors One Corporation sent her a statement claiming she had to pay $176,000 on a house that the very same document stated is only worth $40,000. The very same crumbling economy that caused the value of Chris’ home to depreciate left her hopeless in today’s highly competitive job market. Upon further investigation of all the mortgage paperwork it was discovered that Investors One Corporation never had the power to foreclose on this home and definitely doesn't have the power to evict this family. A lawsuit is currently being filed against all parties that took part in the fraudulent actions that took place with this property. We need your help to try and cover the costs of serving these lawsuits which cost about $50 per individual. It's going to amount to $350. Whatever you can contribute is greatly appreciated and is going to bring us closer to our goal.”
I can see the donations are already streaming into wepay, so it's looking as if Mrs. Frazer will get the legal help that she needs. Anything above that goal may help her with alternate living arrangements through this crisis. It may be one home saved at a time, but it's a family's life that will be spared a life on the streets and searching for shelter.