Victories

Mildred Obi – Stone Mountain, GA

Status: Full Victory

Victory Details: A deal with Bank of America that allows Ms. Obi to retake title to her home in the wake of moving back in after a foreclosure eviction.

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On March 18, 2013, Mildred Obi-Garrison, joined by Occupy Our Homes Atlanta, as well as dozens of supporters and community members, moved back into her home in an act of civil disobedience. Mildred had been evicted from her home in Stone Mountain, Georgia by Bank of America in November 2012, despite years of fighting in the courts. After securing her property back from the bank, supporters from OOH Atlanta set up a 24-hour eviction defense at the home to fend off any possible eviction attempts by the police, and mounted a public pressure campaign against Bank of America, the servicer who had carried out the foreclosure and eviction.

With a campaign launched on the Occupy Our Homes website and backed by local OOH Atlanta members as well as national help from the Home Defenders League, Ms. Obi fought tirelessly to win back her own home while also fighting for national solutions to the illegal foreclosures being carried out by Wall Street criminals on a daily basis. (More after the flip.)

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The Lee Family – Chicago, IL

Status: Partial Victory – Still in their home

Victory Details: The Lee Family has been able to pressure their bank, RBS Citizens, to cancel a pending eviction. However, the bank has not yet agreed to a permanent solution that keeps the Lees in their home.

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(The complete story of what led to their current situation can be found on their OOH campaign page here: http://start2.occupyourhomes.org/petitions/citizens-bank-don-t-take-the-lee-family-home)

The Lee family, of the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, is working with the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign in a fight to stay in their home, which was taken by RBS Citizens bank as part of a long process that involved the declining mental acuity of Mr. Lee’s mother, who first purchased the home in 1967, and a home-improvement loan made during the surge of predatory lending in communities of color in the early 2000’s. (Read more after the flip.)

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Marty and Jill Monson, Metro St. Louis, MO

Status: Full victory

Victory Details: A loan modification from CitiMortgage which will allow them to keep their home permanently.

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Marty and Jill Monson live in the St. Louis metro area. They were deeply affected by the Great Recession caused by Wall Street criminals. In 2008, Marty lost his job, just like millions of us. For the first time in 22 years the Monsons missed a mortgage payment. In 2009, Marty had a stroke and in 2011 he had a heart attack, requiring quadruple bypass surgery. And in 2012 Jill lost her job too, leaving the couple to live solely on Marty’s disability check. Finally, CitiMortgage instituted foreclosure proceedings despite also supposedly considering the family for a loan modification. (Read more after the flip.)

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Dixie Mitchell, Seattle, WA

Dixie is a 71-year-old cancer survivor. She and her husband have cared for over fifty foster children over the years in their Seattle home which, until this weekend, was scheduled to be auctioned off on October 28th. After a national campaign led by Washington CAN! and The New Bottom Line, Dixie now gets to keep her home.